Typically, attorneys are brought in to right a wrong. Clients’ damages in most cases can be compensated with money. However, certain information—such as trade secrets, financial information, and other personal data—are at risk in any business. For instance, if an employee leaves and attempts to use the proprietary information, there is an immediate need for relief.
If these circumstances arise, take action and proceed with requesting the court to issue an immediate temporary restraining order (TRO) and preliminary injunction. Later on, that injunction may be made into a permanent one to continue protecting your client’s business in the future. If the individual does not follow the order, your client can ask the court that the individual be punished for being in contempt of court.
Injunctive relief can be in the form of the court ordering another person or business to do something or to stop doing something. In our pretend situation, where an employee has taken valuable information, a court can order that the former employee immediately stop using and return all confidential information and/or trade secrets.