S.J.J.K. Tennis, Inc. v Confer Bethpage, LLC, 2011 NY Slip Op 00670 (App. Div., 2nd 2011)
In order to prevail upon a motion for a preliminary injunction, the moving party has the burden of demonstrating, by clear and convincing evidence, (1) the likelihood of success on the merits of the action, (2) that it will suffer irreparable injury absent the issuance of a preliminary injunction, and (3) that the balance of equities is in its favor (see CPLR 6301; Aetna Ins. Co. v Capasso, 75 NY2d 860, 862; Winchester Global Trust Co. Ltd. v Donovan, 58 AD3d 833, 834; Winzelberg v 1319 50th Realty Corp., 52 AD3d 700, 702; Coinmach Corp. v Alley Pond Owners Corp., 25 AD3d 642, 643; Stockley v Gorelik, 24 AD3d 535). The purpose of a preliminary injunction is to maintain the status quo pending determination of the action (see Ruiz v Meloney, 26 AD3d 485, 486; Ying Fung Moy v Hohi Umeki, 10 AD3d 604, 605). The decision to grant or deny a preliminary injunction rests in the sound discretion of the Supreme Court (see Doe v Axelrod, 73 NY2d 748, 750; Ruiz v Meloney, 26 AD3d at 486; Ying Fung Moy v Hohi Umeki, 10 AD3d at 605).
In the instant case, the Supreme Court providently exercised its discretion in granting the plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction (see Mr. Natural, Inc. v Unadulterated Food Prods., 152 AD2d 729, 730; U.S. Ice Cream Corp. v Carvel Corp., 136 AD2d 626, 628).
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