Noncompete News: Eleventh Circuit Reaffirms Distinction Between Noncompete Provisions and Nonsolicitation of Customers Provisions in Georgia

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In a recent decision, H&R Block Eastern Enterprises, Inc. v. Morris, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a trial court's decision holding certain restrictive covenants unenforceable under Georgia law. After H&R Block informed Ms. Morris that she was ineligible for rehire, she started a competitive tax service and began preparing returns for former H&R Block clients that she had serviced. H&R Block sought to enjoin Ms. Morris from violating the noncompete and nonsolicitation provisions of her employment agreement.

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