Temporary injunctions can be a powerful tool to obtain relief from the court system, at least on a temporary basis, before a lawsuit is fully litigated. To obtain a temporary injunction, a party must show that the remedies available at law are inadequate to prevent irreparable harm.  Cherne Industries, Inc. v. Grounds & Associates, Inc. 278 N.W.2d, 81, 92 (Minn. 1979).  In deciding whether a party has met this showing, the Court looks to 5 factors:

(1)  The parties’ relationship before the dispute arose;

(2)  A balancing of the harms between the parties based on the issuance or lack thereof of a temporary injunction;

(3)  The likely outcome of the underlying litigation;

(4)  The public policies involved in the litigation;

(5)  The administrative burdens involved in judicial supervision and enforcement of a temporary injunction.

Dahlberg Brothers, Inc. v. Ford Motor Co., 272 Minn. 264, 274-275, 137 N.W.2d 314, 321-322 (1965). Johnson et. al. v. Edwards, 467 N.W.2d 333,336 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991).

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