Temporary injunction that fails to include a trial setting is void

The Dallas Court of Appeals held that a temporary injunction order that does not on its face set the cause for trial on the merits or fix the amount of security to be given is void and must be dissolved.  In CLST Holdings, Inc. v. Red Oak Partners, LLC, the trial court granted Red Oak Partners', Pinnacle Fund's and Red Oak Fund's application for injunctive relief to compel CLST to conduct its annual shareholder's meeting.  CLST filed an interlocutory appeal to complain and sought emergency relief. 

The court of appeals observed that when an order grants injunctive relief that is effective immediately so that it operates during the pendency of the suit, it is a temporary injunction.  The Court further held that the rules of civil procedure are mandatory and require that the order "set the cause for trial on the merits and fix the amount of security to be given by the applicant."  Further, because Rule 683 is strictly construed as to its requirements, the court of appeals held that the order must be complete on its face, such that it is unacceptible to set a trial date in a separate document.  Here, the court granted CLST's motion for emergency relief, declared the injunction void and ordered it dissolved.  The court's opinion can be found at this link.

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