- 1* Fla. R. Civ. P. 1.110(d), and Other Standard Defenses
- 2Abuse of Process
- 3Account Stated
- 7Breach: 01. Breach of Contract
- 8Breach: 02. Breach of Joint Venture Agreement
- 9Breach: 03. Breach of Promissory Note
- 10Breach: 04. Breach of Third-Party Beneficiary Contract
- 11Breach: 05. Breach of Implied in Fact Contract
- 12Breach: 06. Breach of Implied in Law Contract
- 13Breach: 07. Breach Implied Covenant of Good Faith & Fair Dealing
- 14Breach: 08. Breach of Express Warranty
- 15Breach: 09. Breach of Implied Warranty
- 16Breach: 10. Breach of Implied Warranty of Fitness for a Particular Purpose
- 17Breach: 11. Breach of Fiduciary Duty
- 18Civil Conspiracy
- 19Contribution – Uniform Contribution Among Tortfeasors Act
- 21Copyright Infringement
- 22Declaratory Judgment
- 23Defamation by Implication
- 24Defamation Libel
- 25Defamation Per Se
- 26Defamation Slander
- 27Dog Bite Common Law
- 28Emotional Distress, Intentional Infliction
- 29Emotional Distress, Negligent Infliction
- 30Estoppel, Equitable
- 31Estoppel, Promissory
- 32False Imprisonment
- 34Fraud – Constructive
- 35Fraud – Fraud in the Performance
- 36Fraud – Fraudulent Inducement
- 37Fraud – Fraudulent Misrepresentation
- 38Fraud – Negligent Misrepresentation
- 40Injunction Permanent
- 41Injunction Temporary
- 42Injurious Falsehood
- 43Invasion of Privacy
- 44Invasion of Privacy – Appropriation
- 45Invasion of Privacy – Intrusion
- 46Invasion of Privacy – Public Disclosure of Private Facts
- 47Legal Malpractice
- 48Loss of Consortium – Child
- 49Loss of Consortium – Spouse
- 50Malicious Prosecution
- 51Money Lent
- 53Negligence Fall Down
- 54Negligence Motor Vehicle
- 55Negligence Stillbirth
- 56Negligent Destruction of Evidence
- 57Negligent Retention
- 58Negligent Security
- 59Negligent Supervision
- 60Open Account
- 61Parental Liability for Tort of Minor
- 62Quantum Meruit
- 64Slander of Title
- 65Specific Performance
- 66Strict Liability
- 67Subrogation, Equitable
- 68Tortious Interference: 1. With Advantageous Business Relationship
- 69Tortious Interference: 2. With a Contractual Right
- 70Tortious Interference: 3. With a Dead Body
- 71Tortious Interference: 4. With the Parent-Child Relationship
- 72Trade Dress Infringement
- 73Trusts, Constructive Trust
- 74Trusts, Resulting Trust
- 75Unfair Competition
- 76Unfair Competition – Trade Name, Service Mark and Trade Mark Infringement
- 77Unjust Enrichment
- 78Wrongful Death
- 79Wrongful Interference with Testamentary Expectancy
1 Elements and Case Citations
- Plaintiff will suffer irreparable harm;
- Plaintiff has no adequate remedy at law;
- Plaintiff has a substantial likelihood of success on the merits; and
- A temporary injunction will serve the public interest.
Courts sometimes expressly include "a clear legal right to the relief sought" as an element of a claim for temporary injunction. Compare Wilson v. Sandstrom, 317 So. 2d 732, 736 (Fla. 1975)(including clear legal right element) with Naegele Outdoor Advertising Co., Inc. v. City of Jacksonville, 659 So. 2d 1046, 1047 (Fla. 1995)(including elements listed above); see also Alorda v. Sutton Place Homeowners Assoc, 82 So.3d 1077, 1080 (Fla. 2d DCA 2012)(including clear legal right element); Hatfield v. AutoNation, Inc., 939 So.2d 155, 157 (Fla. 4th DCA 2006)(same); Heslop v. Moore, 716 So. 2d 276, 278 (Fla. 3d DCA 1998)(same).
Specific performance is an equitable remedy that, under Florida law, is effectively the same as, and synonymous with, injunctive relief. Seaboard Oil Co. v. Donovan, 99 Fla. 1296, 1306 (Fla. 1930)(“an injunction against the breach of a contract is a negative decree of specific performance of the agreement, and the general rule is that the power and the duty of a court of equity to grant the former is measured by the same rules and practice as its power and duty to grant the latter relief.”); Thompson v. Shell Petroleum Corp., 130 Fla. 652 (1938)(“An injunction restraining the breach of a contract is a negative specific enforcement of that contract. The jurisdiction of equity to grant such injunction is substantially coincident with its jurisdiction to compel a specific performance. Both are governed by the same doctrines and rules”). This proposition stands as strongly today. See, e.g., Northwestern Nat. Ins. Co. v. Greenspun, 330 So. 2d 561, 563 (Fla. 3d DCA 1976) (same); Professional Golfer’s Ass’n of America v. Bankers Life & Cas. Co., 166 So. 2d 488, 492 (Fla. 2d DCA 1964)(explaining why “the same general rules apply to injunctions against the breach of a contract that apply to specific performance”)(citations omitted); Grant v. U.S., 289 F. Supp. 2d 1361, 1367 (S.D. Fla. 2003)(“Specific performance is a form of injunctive relief”).
FLORIDA STATE COURTS
First District: Fl. Fish and Wildlife Conservation Comm’n v. Daws, No. 256 So.3d 907, 928 (Fla. 1st DCA 2018); Sch. Bd. of Hernando County v. Rhea, 2013 So.3d 1032, 1040 (Fla. 1st DCA 2017); Nipper v. Walton Cnty., Fl, 208 So.3d 331, 333 (Fla. 1st DCA 2017).
Second District: Salazar v. Hometeam Pest Def., Inc., 230 So.3d 619, 621 (Fla. 2d DCA 2017); Dowdy v. Dowdy, 182 So.3d 807, 809 (Fla. 2d DCA 2016); Florida Digestive Health Specialists, LLP v. Colina, 192 So. 3d 491, 494 (Fla. 2d DCA 2015).
Third District: Miami-Dade County v. Miami Gardens, Square One, Inc., 2020 WL 6472542, *2 (Fla. 3d DCA Nov. 4, 2020); Sammie Investments, LLC v. Strategica Capital Assoc., Inc., 247 So.3d 596, 599 (Fla. 3d DCA 2018); Allied Universal Corp. v. Given, 223 So.3d 1040, 1040 (Fla. 3d DCA 2017).
Fourth District: Castillo Grand Residences Condo. Assoc., Inc. v. Stern, 2020 WL 6154255, *3 (Fla. 4th DCA Oct. 21, 2020); Dubner v. Ferraro, No. 4D17–1435, 242 So.3d 444, 447 (Fla. 4th DCA 2018); Bautista REO U.S., LLC v. ARR Investments, Inc., 229 So.3d 362, 364 (Fla. 4th DCA 2017).
FLORIDA FEDERAL COURTS
U.S. Supreme Court: Glossip v. Gross, 135 S. Ct. 2726, 2736-37 (2015).
Eleventh Circuit: FF Cosmetics FL, Inc. v. City of Miami Beach, 866 F.3d 1290, 1298 (11th Cir. 2017); Jysk Bed’N Linen v. Dutta-Roy, 810 F.3d 767, 774, n. 16 (11th Cir. 2015). Note: The Eleventh Circuit has “always required each of the four preliminary-injunction elements to be “clearly established” before imposing the “drastic remedy” of a preliminary injunction.” Seigel v. LePore, 234 F.3d 1163, 1176 (11th Cir. 2000)(en banc).
Southern District: Securities and Exchange Commission v. Mutual Benefits Corp., 2020 WL 6581599, *4 (S.D. Fla. Nov. 10, 2020); Pals Group, Inc. v. Quiskeya Trading Corp., NO. 16-23905-CIV-GOODMAN, 2017 WL 532299,*2 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 1, 2017); Abromats v. Abromats, No. 16-cv-60653-BLOOM, 2016 WL 4917153, *7 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 15, 2016).
Middle District: Boaz v. Woodall, 2020 WL 6484973, *1 (M.D. Fla. Nov. 4. 2020);Nivel Parts & Mnf. Co., LLC, v. Textron, No. 3:17–cv–146–J–32JRK, 2017 WL 1552034, *1 (M.D. Fla. May 1, 2017); Torres v. Tooley, No: 5:16-cv-589-Oc-30PRL, 2016 WL 6601663, at *1 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 17, 2016).
Northern District: Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Fla. v. Philip, 194 F.Supp.3d 1213, 1216 (N.D. Fla. 2016); Uber Promotions, Inc. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., 162 F.Supp.3d. 1253, 1261 (N.D. Fla. Feb. 16, 2016).
Florida Rules: Rule 1.610, Fla. R. Civ. P.
Federal Rules: Rule 65, Fed.R.Civ.P.
2 Defenses to Claim for Temporary Injunction
(2) Statute of Limitations: § 95.11(3)(p), Fla. Stat. (four years); Hollywood Lakes Section Civic Ass’n, Inc. v. City of Hollywood, 676 So. 2d 500, 501 (Fla. 4th DCA 1996).
(3) Injunctive relief is an extraordinary and drastic equitable remedy, which should be granted sparingly and only after the moving party has satisfied every one of the demanding prerequisites for such relief. Off. Depot, Inc. v. Babb, No. 20-CV-80407, 2020 WL 1306984, at *3 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 19, 2020); Pritchard v. Fla. High Sch. Athletic Ass’n, Inc., No: 2:19-cv-94-FtM-29MRM, 2019 WL 1254852, at *2 (M.D. Fla. Mar. 19, 2019). Issuing a temporary restraining order is the exception rather than the rule. Parton v. Steward, No. 220CV369FTM29NPM, 2020 WL 2745822, at *1 (M.D. Fla. May 27, 2020).
(4) A court may not enter a temporary injunction unless there are “[c]lear, definite and unequivocally sufficient factual findings support[ing] each of the four conclusions necessary to justify entry of a temporary injunction.” Bellach v. Huggs of Naples, Inc., 704 So.2d 679, 680 (Fla. 2d DCA 1997)(emphasis added); Snibbe v. Napoleonic Society of Am., Inc., 682 So.2d 568, 570 (Fla. 2d DCA 1996)(“[t]he [court’s] findings must ‘do more than parrot each tine of the four-prong test’”); Tesoro Property Owner’s Ass’n v. Tesoro Commons, LLC, 237 So.3d 403, 404 (Fla. 4th DCA 2018).
(5) “[P]laintiff must demonstrate likelihood of success on the merits as to asserted affirmative defenses as well as…elements of plaintiff’s prima facie case.” See, e.g., Bradley v. Health Coalition, Inc., 687 So.2d 329, 333 (Fla. 3d DCA 1997)(emphasis added); Picture It Sold Photography, LLC v. Bunkelman, 287 So. 3d 699, 703 (Fla. 4th DCA 2020). Plaintiff bears the burden of establishing there is a clear legal right to the ultimate relief sought and a substantial likelihood of success on the merits. Airport Exec. Towers v. CIG Realty, Inc., 716 So.2d 311, 313 (Fla. 3d DCA 1998); see also Naegele Outdoor Advertising Co., Inc. v. City of Jacksonville, 659 So.2d 1046, 1047 (Fla. 1995) (advancing a merely colorable claim is not enough to show a substantial likelihood of success); Silver Rose Ent., Inc. v. Clay Cty., 646 So.2d 246, 248 (Fla. 1st DCA 1994)(same).
(6) “Mandatory injunctions – [which require that a defendant do some positive act or that acts be undone] – are looked upon with disfavor, and the courts seem even more reluctant to issue them than prohibitory ones.” Shaw v. Tampa Elec. Co., 949 So.2d 1066, 1070, n.3 (Fla. 2d DCA 2007)(emphasis added); see also Antoine ex. rel. I.A. v. School Bd. of Collier Cty., 301 F.Supp.3d 1195, 1202 (M.D. Fla. 2018) (noting that moving party will face a particularly heavy burden of persuasion).
(7) Injunctive relief is not available “where the injury to the movant is seeking to prevent is purely monetary” or “when the right to the injunction is premised on a speculative, future event.” Lutsky v. Schoenwetter, 172 So.3d 534 (Fla. 3d DCA 2015)(emphasis added)(citations omitted).
(8) Plaintiff cannot enforce a money judgment or prevent defendant from dispersing assets pending litigation trough a temporary injunction. See Proctor v. Eason, 651 So. 2d 1301, 1301 (Fla. 2d DCA 1995).
(9) A tenant cannot seek specific performance of a lease against a landlord. E.g., Cardinal Inv. Group, Inc. v. Giles, 813 So.2d 262, 263 (Fla. 4th DCA 2002).
(10) In addition to satisfaction of prima facie elements, Florida courts must also consider the following in determining whether to grant injunctive relief: “(a) the nature of the interest to be protected, (b) the relative adequacy to the plaintiff of injunction and of other remedies, (c) any unreasonable delay by the plaintiff in bringing suit, (d) any related misconduct on the part of the plaintiff, (e) the relative hardship likely to result to defendant if an injunction is granted and to plaintiff if it is denied, (f) the interests of third persons and of the public, and (g) the practicability of framing and enforcing the order or judgment’’. Davis v. Joyner, 409 So. 2d 1193, 1195 (Fla. 4th DCA 1982), citing Restatement (Second) of Torts § 936 (1979).
(11) Unreasonable delay by a plaintiff in bringing suit may preclude the plaintiff from obtaining an injunction. Mora v. Karr, 697 So.2d 887 (Fla. 4th DCA 1997).
(12) Courts must consider the harm the defendant will suffer by the issuance of an injunction balanced against the harm, if any, the plaintiff may suffer by a denial of an injunction. Davis v. Joyner, 409 So.2d 1193, 1195 (Fla. 4th DCA 1982).
(13) A plaintiff with unclean hands may not obtain an injunction. Also, Plaintiff does not come into this suit with clean hands. Williamson v. Williamson, 367 So.2d 1016, 1018 (Fla. 1979)( “[H]e who seeks equity must stand before the court with ‘clean hands’ and ‘he who seeks equity must do equity.’”);PNC Bank, Nat’l Ass’n v. Smith, 225 So.3d 294, 295 (Fla. 5th DCA 2017).
(14) “No temporary injunction shall be entered unless a bond is given by the movant in an amount the court deems proper, conditioned for the payment of costs and damages sustained by the adverse party if the adverse party is wrongfully enjoined.” Fla.R.Civ.P. 1.610(b) (emphasis added). However, temporary injunctive relief may be granted without the posting of a bond in the following situations: 1) injunctions entered “on the pleading of a municipality or the state or any officer, agency, or political subdivision thereof”; or 2) injunctions “issued solely to prevent physical injury or abuse of a natural person.” Id.; see also Williams v. Victim Justice, P.C., 198 So.3d 822, 826 (Fla. 2d DCA 2016).
(15) The trial court cannot waive the bond requirement nor can it comply by setting a nominal amount. E.g., Florida High School Activities Ass’n v. Mander, 932 So.2d 314, 316 (Fla. 2d DCA 2006) (citing cases); see also Forrest v. Citi Residential Lending, Inc., 73 So.3d 269, 279 (Fla. 2d DCA 2011).
(16) A party may move to dissolve or modify a temporary injunction at any time and such a motion must be heard within five days of application. Fla. R. Civ. P. 1.610(d).
(17) Injunctive relief is a remedy and not an independent stand alone cause of action. See, e.g., Pronman v. Styles, No. 12–80674–CIV, 2015 WL 58629, *11 (S.D. Fla. 2015)(Marra, K.).
(18) “A temporary injunction will not be overturned absent a clear abuse of discretion.” Off. of Att’y Gen. v. Bilotti, 267 So.3d 1, 3 (Fla. 4th DCA 2019); Ames v. Ames, 204 So.3d 132, 133 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016).
(19) A dating violence injunction allows any person “who is the victim of dating violence and has reasonable cause to believe he or she is in imminent danger of becoming the victim of another act of dating violence” may petition the circuit court for an injunction to prevent such violence. § 784.046(2)(b), Fla. Stat. Dating violence is “any assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping or false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death, by a person against another person” between individuals who have had or currently have a significant, romantic relationship. § 784.046(1)(a), (d). See Kahn v. Deutschman, No. 1D18-822, 2019 WL 5090371, at *3 (Fla. 1st DCA Oct. 11, 2019).
- The Florida Rules of Civil Procedure
- The Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure
- The Florida Evidence Code
- The Federal Appellate Rules of Civil Procedure
- Rules Regulating The Florida Bar
- The Local Rules of the Southern District of Florida
- The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
- The Local Rules of the Middle District of Florida
- Federal Rules of Evidence
- The Local Rules of the Northern District of Florida