Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen
What is a Preliminary Injunction Hearing?
The whole purpose of the lawsuit against SB 277 is to stop it, and its spin-off activities, from being activated.
A Motion for Preliminary Injunction is a request to the Court for an Injunction before we begin arguing the lawsuit. There will be an actual Court Hearing for this August 12th, 2016, 1:30PM in Courtroom 13A, Federal Court Building, San Diego, CA. (shown in the photo above).
What is an Injunction?
According to the Cornell School of Law it is:
An injunction is a court order requiring a person to do or cease doing a specific action. Temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions are temporary injunctions. They are issued early in a lawsuit to maintain the status quo by preventing a defendant from becoming insolvent or to stop the defendant from continuing his or her allegedly harmful actions. Choosing whether to grant temporary injunctive relief is a discretionary power of the court. Permanent injunctions are issued as a final judgment in a case. Failure to comply with an injunction may result in being held in contempt of court.
Getting an injunction is NOT an easy process. A US Supreme Court Decision called “Winter vs Natural Resources Defense Council” set the four-factor preliminary injunction standards that are being used today in Federal Courts.
What the court will want to be convinced of is that for the Plaintiffs:
(1) there is a likelihood of irreparable harm with no adequate remedy at law;
(2) the balance of harm favors the movant;
(3) there is a likelihood of success on the merits of the case;
(4) the public interest favors the granting of the injunction. Continue reading SB 277 Lawsuit – Preliminary Injunction Hearing Date – August 12th, 2016