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cease and desist

to completely stop doing something. (A legal phrase.) The judge ordered the merchant to cease and desist the deceptive practices. When they were ordered to cease and desist, they finally stopped.
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desist from something

to stop doing something. You must desist from further attempts to contact your wife. I wish you would desist from calling me Willie.
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cease and desist

Stop, leave off doing something, as in: "Bliss excavated at least once on his own and Dr. Brand ... told him to cease and desist" (Douglas Preston quoting Frank Hibben, The New Yorker, June 12, 1995). This legal term is a redundancy, since cease and desist mean virtually the same thing, but often appears in legal documents to avoid possible misinterpretation. [c. 1920]
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Since the beginning of the current fiscal year in April, the FTC has already issued seven desist orders over false labeling of meat, it said.
On May 3, the Federal Reserve issued a second cease and desist order requiring BCCI to submit to the Federal Reserve a plan for the divestiture of any shares of Independence Bank within its control.
RIGS also entered into a Cease and Desist Order with The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (Fed), which regulates the holding company and Riggs International Banking Corporation (its Edge Act Corporation).
He said that media should desist from broadcasting or publishing any news, which pose opposition public opinion against any particular party or candidate.
The complaint continued to allege that Moore's regulatory enforcement actions, which included a preliminary warning letter, letter of understanding agreement and ACUA-issued cease and desist order, were unwarranted.
The cease and desist order here is declared null and void,'' said Judge Ricciardone's ruling, filed Friday.
AnchorBank, a subsidiary of Anchor BanCorp (NASDAQ: ABCW) has said that its Cease and Desist Order and Prompt Corrective Action Directive, both overseen by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, have been terminated.
Two Summary Orders to Cease and Desist for unlicensed loan activity;
On March 29, 2013, the Commission issued a cease and desist order and surcharge payment order against NTN.
The state Department of Consumer and Business Services also plans to fine Michael Holcomb and Gary Holcomb, and their company, Berjac of Oregon, $900,000, according to the department's cease and desist order.
Petty also issued a cease and desist letter to then-Governor George W.
The European Union might desist from paying to Greece the next installment of its bailout should the country fail to give guarantees it is able to pay back its debts, stated EU Finance Commissioner Olli Rehn.
Carnival Cruise Lines has issued a cease and desist order to the charterers of two Carnival Victory cruises from Trinidad in April and August 2011 that have been canceled due to the charterer's failure to fulfill its financial contractual obligations, reports Caribbean News Now (Jan.
NNA - 22/01/2011 Lebanese Forces commander Samir Geagea implored Hezbollah to desist from using violence when dealing with "loyal citizens.