cease and desist

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cease and desist

An order from a government authority requiring one to stop engaging in some activity, such as construction without a proper permit. If issued from a court, it would be called an injunction.

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Coffee and his colleagues from profiting from the blatant confusion their choice in business name will cause, the first step in this process is issuing a cease and desist notice.
Perez Hilton, has been sued in federal court for copyright infringement by X17, Hollywood's largest celebrity photo agency, after ignoring countless cease and desist notices from numerous photo agencies and media outlets.