What is an Injunction?

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What Is an Injunction?

An injunction is an order issued by the court directing a party to take some action or prohibiting them from engaging in specific conduct.  Injunctions may be issued through the judgment order in connection with a lawsuit. They can sometimes be filed as a separate request directly with the court. 

There are many different types of injunctions, which are categorized according to how long they are enforceable. For example, there are:

What Is an Injunction Used for in a Contracts Setting?

Injunctions are frequently awarded in cases involving breach of contract.  The injunction may be issued instead of a monetary damages award. This is common where the value of a certain item can’t be determined, or when monetary damages are not a suitable remedy for the non-breaching party’s losses. 

Some common uses of in injunction in connection with a contracts claim may include:

Thus, an injunction is often an efficient way to remedy a breach without requiring the parties to pay damages. In many instances, the non-breaching party is required to choose between a monetary damages award and equitable relief such as an injunction. 

Injunctions are also used in other areas of law besides contract law. Some common examples include domestic abuse injunctions in family law and gang injunctions in the area of criminal law. 

Are There Any Defenses to an Injunction?

The breaching party may sometimes be entitled to raise a defense if the plaintiff is seeking an injunction against them. Since an injunction is an equitable remedy, equitable defenses may be available for the defendant. Some of these may include:

Thus, when requesting for an injunction, the non-breaching party must also be aware of any possible defenses that might be raised by the defendant.

Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help in Obtaining an Injunction?

Breaches of contract can often result in unnecessary losses for the non-breaching party. If you have been involved in a breach of contract dispute, you may wish to hire a lawyer for help with your claim. An experienced contracts attorney can help answer questions like “What is an injunction?” or, “Are there any defenses to an injunction?” Contract laws may be very different from state to state- be sure to consult with a lawyer if you are unsure of the laws in your area.

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Last Modified: 08-28-2014 03:48 PM PDT

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