Chip Collins

Chip Collins

Burr & Forman

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Federal Trade Secrets Protection — Finally Something Both Parties Can Agree On

In recent months, two bipartisan bills have been introduced in Congress providing for a Federal civil remedy for trade secret misappropriation — the Defend Trade Secrets Act , introduced in the Senate in April, and the Trade...more

9/30/2014

Georgia Court of Appeals Provides Ammunition for Saving Unenforceable Non-Competes

In the World War II epic Saving Private Ryan, Tom Hanks and his platoon of grunts cross dangerous enemy territory to rescue an American soldier before he becomes the fourth member of his family to be a casualty of the Big...more

9/24/2014 - Non-Compete Agreements Restrictive Covenants

Health Care E-Note - June 19, 2014

In This Issue: - Report Ranks U.S. Last Out of 11 in Health Care System Quality - Analysis Identifies Un-Tracked Avoidable Hospital Complications - Number of Doctors Employed by Hospitals Grew 34% Over 10...more

6/20/2014 - Background Checks Healthcare Healthcare Costs Healthcare Facilities Healthcare Reform Home Health Care Home Healthcare Workers Hospitals Pharmaceutical Pharmacies Physicians Quality of Care Standards

Labor & Employment E-Note - May 2014

In This Issue: - Disability Policies and Forms May Violate ADA, EEOC Says - Court Draws the Line Between Attendance and Physical Presence - Using Medical Condition in Hiring Has ADA Implications, EEOC Says -...more

5/9/2014 - ADA College Athletes Colleges Disability Disability Benefits eBay EEOC Employee Definition Hiring & Firing Internships NLRB Reasonable Accommodation Telecommuting Union Membership Universities Unpaid Interns

No Non-Compete = Public Ridicule?

We all know that a well-drafted non-compete agreement is necessary to protect a company’s customer relationships and confidential information when an executive jumps ship. What you might not have considered is that an...more

4/29/2014 - Non-Compete Agreements Restrictive Covenants Termination

Labor & Employment E-Note - December 12, 2013

In This Issue: - High Court Gives NLRB Time to Challenge Recess Appointments - High Court Hears Case on Union, Employer "Neutrality Agreements" - Appeals Court Overturns NLRB Arbitration Agreements Decision -...more

12/13/2013 - Age Discrimination Arbitration Arbitration Agreements D.R. Horton D.R. Horton v NLRB Discrimination Employee Benefits Healthcare Healthcare Reform Insurers LGBT Neutrality Agreement NLRA NLRB Recess Appointments SCOTUS Small Business Unions

Declaratory Judgments In Non-Compete Cases – Electing Offense Over Defense

After a weekend of gorging on football as well as turkey, I’ve got offense and defense on my mind, and a recent Georgia appellate decision got me to thinking about how those basic gridiron principles apply to non-compete...more

12/5/2013 - Declaratory Judgments Non-Compete Agreements Restrictive Covenants

Huge Verdict In Trade Secrets Case

It’s a little out of this blog’s Southeastern focus area, but a $22.7MM verdict in a Minnesota trade secrets and non-compete case, as reported by the West Central Tribune at wctrib.com, should be a reminder to all employees...more

12/4/2013 - Trade Secrets

Do Non-Competes Help Or Hinder The Growth Of Business?

With the increasing use of non-competes across the business spectrum, a debate is starting to rage in state legislatures and in business forums about whether the prevalence of such agreements helps or hinders economic growth....more

8/28/2013 - Business Development Non-Compete Agreements Restrictive Covenants

Be Wary Of Illinois Choice Of Law Provisions In Non-Compete Agreements

Although this blog focuses on non-compete law in the Southeastern states, we often run into Chicago-based clients whose form non-compete agreements contain provisions requiring the contracts to be construed under Illinois...more

8/8/2013 - Choice-of-Law Non-Compete Agreements Restrictive Covenants

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Arbitrators, Rather Than Courts, Determine The Enforceability Of Non-Compete Covenants In Arbitrable...

Because non-compete agreements are governed by state law, it is rare that the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling affecting such contracts. This week’s decision in Nitro-Lift Technologies, L.L.C. v. Howard, 568 U.S. __...more

12/4/2012 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Federal Arbitration Act Nitro-Lift Technologies Non-Compete Agreements SCOTUS

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