U.S. and E.U. Non-Competition Agreements Compared and Contrasted


With employers operating, and employees working, in the global economy, knowing whether non-competition

agreements will be enforced in other jurisdictions is essential for both those seeking to enforce and those likely

to be subject to enforcement action. Unfortunately, there is much variation not only in the United States itself,

with different states adopting different stances on whether non-competition agreements may be enforced, but also across the European Union. This article will highlight some of those differences, both in the United States and in the European Union, and suggest how employers may prepare to meet the challenges of enforcing noncompetition agreements in and across various jurisdictions. [1]

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