interlocutionary injunction

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A prohibitive order issued by the High Court in the UK ordering a particular course of action to cease whilst the issue is pending trial. Injunctions of this kind are occasionally sought by employers faced with industrial action by a trade union that they believe to be unlawful. The usual effect is that the union complies, the strike is called off, and the employer's legal action is abandoned. If the union fails to comply with the injunction, it can be fined heavily for contempt of court and may even have its assets sequestrated; that is, the Court can appoint commissioners to seize the union's financial assets. [See immunity and trade dispute.]

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