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Definition of Permanent Injunction

A permanent injunction is an order from the court requiring a person to refrain from certain activities permanently or take certain actions. A permanent injunction differs from a preliminary injunction which the court issues pending the outcome of a lawsuit or petition asking for the permanent injunction. An injunction prohibits certain actions or forces someone to do a specific action. An injunction differs from other damages awarded in an injury case such as money to repay the plaintiff for their injuries.

Injunctions are commonly issued for domestic violence, stalking, discrimination, libel or slander, destruction or transfer of property, and infringing on intellectual property rights. Before issuing an injunction a court may review whether someone is likely to succeed in a civil suit, are the damages requested going to compensate the injured person, will the injunction harm the defendant's Fifth Amendment right to due process, will not issuing the injunction harm the plaintiff, and is granting the injunction in the public's best interest. If a party violates or does not follow the injunction they may be found in contempt of court, may be sent to jail or they may be forced to pay a fine.

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