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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The case revolves around cease-and-desist letters sent by the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners (made up mostly of dentists) to teeth whitening providers who were not dentists.
This Ebook deals with cease-and-desist letters in the field of competition law as well as trademark law, domain law, industrial design law and copyright law.
gives answers to most of the questions that arise on the warned parties' side when received a cease-and-desist letter as:
How to find out, if the cease-and-desist letter abuses legal right or is dubious?
On Saturday, attorneys for Dakota Communications sent cease-and-desist letters to Joe Barrett, who had posted the memo on the Web site for his group, No Home Depot, and Doc DeMulle, editor and publisher of The Foothills Paper.
The cease-and-desist letter requested that they return the memo to Dakota and asked them to provide information on how they obtained the memo, including the names and addresses of anyone involved in acquiring the internal document.
They rarely shut down their businesses or even cancel orders in response to cease-and-desist letters.
The legal significance of the cease-and-desist letter is exactly such notice.
Months later, in October 2006, Universal started sending cease-and-desist letters to those same bloggers and fan sites, threatening legal action for copyright violations.
We were seeing a lot of cease-and-desist letters floating around the Internet," she says, "some of them pretty poorly grounded in the law," and, she notes, they were having a chilling effect on free speech on the Web.
It's easy to create and distribute things digitally these days, so the big entertainment combines are in a panic, sending out cease-and-desist letters left and right.
If successful, the suit against Verizon would pave the way for ailing record companies to send out reams of cease-and-desist letters to alleged music pirates, scaring them into submission rather than going through the long process of suing each one in court.