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A rule where a remedy at law defeats by its existence the jurisdiction of equity. To do this the remedy at law must be a remedy which is plain, clear and certain, prompt or speedy, sufficient, full, or complete, practical, and efficient to the attainment of the ends of justice. 


The adequate remedy rule well reflected Chancery's subordinate position as it developed in medieval England against the background of the established courts of law. Equity was a 'gloss' on the law; its sole justification for assuming jurisdiction was that traditional legal remedies and procedures could not offer the plaintiff satisfactory relief. Although law and equity have been merged in most jurisdictions, the adequate remedy rule continues to be cited frequently as a ground for denying injunctive relief against defamation. See Alberti v. Cruise, 383 F.2d 268 (4th Cir. 1967); Annotation, Injunction as Remedy Against Defamation of Person, 47 A.L.R.2d 715, 724-25 [§ 4a] (1956) (and cases cited therein). 


The adequate remedy at law rationale for denying injunctions against defamations has been rejected or criticized in numerous reported decisions and in the literature. See generally Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica, S.p.A. v. D-150, Inc., 366 ...

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