NOTICETough Mudder sued Baddest Mudder for trademark infringement, false designation of origin, trademark dilution, and trademark cyberpiracy. To speed things along, Tough Mudder also sought a temporary restraining order pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 65(b). A pretty aggressive approach. As a refresher, temporary restraining orders, prohibiting an adverse party from doing something without notice, are proper only when:
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1) specific facts clearly show that immediate and irreparable harm will result before the adverse party can be heard; and
2) the moving party certifies in writing any efforts to give notice and the reasons why notice should not be required.
Here, Tough Mudder's TRO argument addresses the standards for a preliminary injunction, but did not specifically identify what the immediate irreparable harm was. Instead, the irreparable harm complained of was, expectedly, the injury to Tough Mudder's goodwill. Tough Mudder filed its TRO motion on a Friday. Judge Scriven denied it the following Monday:
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 65(b)(1) provides that a TRO may be granted without notice only if the party requesting the TRO can: (1) offer specific facts clearly showing that “immediate and irreparable injury, loss, or damage will result to the movant before the adverse party can be heard in opposition;” and (2) the movant’s attorney certifies in writing any efforts made to give notice and the reasons why it should not be required. The Court has reviewed Plaintiff’s motion, memorandum, amended complaint, and accompanying documents. Upon consideration and review, the Court finds that a temporary restraining order without notice should not be granted since it does not clearly appear that immediate and irreparable harm will result before Defendants can be heard in opposition. The main event to be held by Defendants which Plaintiff claims will cause its injury is not scheduled to be held until November 2, 2012. Plaintiff has not provided sufficient reasons why notice of the TRO has not been given and should not be given to Defendants.
I imagine the next motion we will see will be the preliminary injunction motion.
Motion for Temporary Restraining Order, Denied.
Tough Mudder, LLC v. La. Placa, Case No. 8:12-cv-1513 (M.D. Fla. Jul. 9, 2012) (J. Scriven)