If an injury can be appropriately compensated by an award of monetary damages, then an adequate remedy at law exists, but, irreparable harm requiring injunctive relief may be found where damages are difficult to establish and measure.
Did the district court abuse its discretion in granting the motion for preliminary injunction?
The district court acted within its discretion in concluding that plaintiff showed a likelihood of success on the merits of its contract claim. It found it impossible to estimate the precise amount of the monetary loss which had resulted, and which would result from the loss of plaintiff’s relationships with customers by reason of defendant’s actions. Accordingly, the district court had not abused its discretion in finding that, unless specific relief was granted, defendant's actions would cause plaintiff irreparable harm through loss of reputation, good will, and business opportunities.