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TRO Procedure Project


When seeking or resisting the entry of a temporary restraining order (TRO) or preliminary injunction in trade secret cases, it is important to know the rules and practices followed in that particular forum. The Trade Secrets Subcommittee of the Intellectual Property Litigation Committee has collected information from volunteers located in cities across the country about the specific practices and procedures followed in their jurisdictions with regard to interlocutory relief. Learn the written and unwritten rules followed by a particular court—rules that will be familiar to local practitioners but perhaps not apparent from reading a dry textbook—by accessing the results of the TRO Project here.

If you would like to complete a questionnaire regarding your jurisdiction, please use this TRO Project Questionnaire and submit your completed form (in both Microsoft Word and PDF format) to one of the Trade Secrets Committee chairs. The chairs are:

Linda K. Stevens, lstevens@schiffhardin.com
Angie M. Hankins, ahankins@stroock.com
Ronald T. Coleman Jr., rcoleman@phrd.com

Select a region to view the survey results. All results are available in PDF format ().


Editor's note: These survey results should be used as only a starting point and not a substitute for original research. The views expressed in the results are those of the contributing authors and not necessarily those of their employers or the American Bar Association.