Non-Compete Agreements

Non-Compete Agreements are contracts, typically formed in employment or business purchase contexts, where one party agrees to refrain from engaging in a particular line of work or pursuing business within a... more +
Non-Compete Agreements are contracts, typically formed in employment or business purchase contexts, where one party agrees to refrain from engaging in a particular line of work or pursuing business within a certain industry or locale. The purpose of these agreements is to protect employers or business purchasers from competition stemming from former employees or former owners of a business. less -
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Courts Everywhere are Finding Software Patents Invalid, So What Next?

For the last few decades, corporations ranging from startups to large multinationals first turned to utility patents to protect their innovative software. These patents protected everything from the minute details of...more

At Will? What’s That?

Did you know that employees in most countries outside the United States have a contractual right to continued employment, whether or not they have written contract? If an employer does not provide an employee with a written...more

Alabama Passes New (and More Restrictive) Non-Compete Statute

Effective January 1, 2016, Alabama has passed a new non-compete and non-solicitation statute, repealing Section 8-1-1 of the Alabama Code ("the New Act"). The New Act begins with the same general statement as the prior...more

Non-Compete and Trade Secret Provisions: Protecting Your Company and Assets

Now more than ever, employers must take active steps to protect their confidential information and trade secrets from the prying eyes of competitors. In our digital age, trade secrets can be misappropriated in an instant, and...more

Louisiana Federal Court Cautions Against Seeking Enforcement of Invalid Noncompete Agreements

In what should serve as a cautionary tale to employers with noncompete agreements, a federal court in the Eastern District of Louisiana allowed an unfair trade practices claim to survive against an employer that attempted to...more

Court of Appeal Grants Anti-Suit Injunction

In the case of Petter v EMC Corporation [2015] EWCA Civ 828, the Court of Appeal has granted an injunction restraining non-compete proceedings in the U.S. In doing so, it overturned the High Court’s decision that we reported...more

Your Oregon Legislature in Action - Employers Face Statewide Sick Leave, “Ban the Box” and More

An onslaught of bills affecting employers were introduced during the 2015 legislative session. Much of the Legislature’s time was spent crafting a statewide sick leave bill with the result that many of the proposed bills...more

M&A: How to Maximize Your Return When Selling Your Business

As a family or private business owner, you know how to sell your product or service. But do you know how to sell the company itself? Selling a business that has been built over the years is emotional and stressful, and for...more

When Is a Breach of a Covenant Not to Compete Also Unfair or Deceptive?

Next Monday, August 31, the North Carolina Supreme Court will hear arguments in an important business-versus-business case. Beverage Systems of the Carolinas v. Associated Beverage Repair (No. 316A14) includes two...more

Hidden Pitfalls of Old Non-Compete Provisions

Companies and employers around the country seek to protect their intellectual property by, among other things, using non-compete provisions in employment agreements. Generally, these provisions are intended to prevent an...more

Another FTC Conduct Case to Bolster Generic Drug Competition: Pharmaceuticals Charged with Illegal Non-Compete for Generic ADHD...

The Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC” or “Commission”) ever-expanding list of enforcement actions to preserve competition for generic pharmaceuticals just grew in a new direction. This week, two generic pharmaceutical...more

New York Court of Appeals Advises Employers to Take Time to Present Restrictive Covenants to New Employees

It is not uncommon for employers to present restrictive covenants, such as non-competition, non-solicitation, or confidentiality agreements, to new employees in a stack of orientation paperwork. A recent case from New York’s...more

Labor law: will employers welcome proposed changes to the Labor Code?

The Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan developed a new draft Labor Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In addition to other novelties, a number of proposed amendments to the labor...more

Hawaii Enacts New Restrictions on Noncompete and Nonsolicitation Agreements for Employees of Technology Businesses

A new Hawaii law prohibits and makes void noncompete and nonsolicit clauses in the employment contracts of “technology business” employees if the contracts are entered into on or after the law’s effective date of July 1,...more

Striking a Balance: Alabama’s Newly-Amended Restrictive Covenant Statute

When Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed House Bill 352 into law on June 11, 2015, he repealed Alabama’s bare bones restrictive covenant statute and replaced it with a detailed codification of much of Alabama’s restrictive...more

Eighth Circuit Weighs in on Assignment of Non-Competes

A recent case out of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit raises some interesting issues related to assignment of employee non-compete agreements. Let’s take a look...more

Court Of Chancery Confirms Limitations For Indemnification Claim

This decision confirms that the statute of limitations on a claim for indemnification does not begin to run until the underlying litigation is concluded. Indeed, equitable tolling may also extend the time when a suit may be...more

Effective Carve-Outs to Seek Injunctive Relief from the Court in Arbitration Provisions

Christopher Pike: “That’s a technicality.” Spock: “I am a [lawyer], sir. We embrace technicalities.” Star Trek Into Darkness - Arbitration is no longer the final frontier. Instead, arbitration is often the...more

Startups and the Beginning of the Employment Relationship - Who, What, When, Where, and Why?

WHO to Hire? Startup companies can reduce or eliminate future problems with employees through careful hiring practices. Best practices include...more

Hiring Considerations for Startups: A Checklist

Generally, startups lack resources to hire human resources professionals, and employment-related issues are a distant priority. Navigating the hiring waters is difficult, but sensitivity to a number of issues can ease the...more

Court Decries Ambiguity Of Terminology Used In Non-Compete Agreement And Injunction

A preliminary injunction was entered against a fired executive of a roofer who, immediately after he was discharged, went to work for an alleged competitor. The district court held, and the Seventh Circuit agreed, that his...more

LOIs are nothing to LOL about: A primer on letters of intent

Letters of Intent can be minefields. On the one hand, business people want to use them to tie up a deal. On the other, they don’t want to be bound by them if they want to walk away. As one court explained, “It is a common...more

The Deeper Dive in Texas: Recent Appellate Court Decisions Affecting Providers

For this edition of the Deeper Dive, we travel to Texas for a look at some interesting cases involving healthcare providers decided on appeal in 2015. Some of these decisions may be surprising – and perhaps even troubling –...more

[Webinar] State Specific Non-Compete Oddities Employers Should Be Aware Of - August 18, 1:00pm Eastern

In Seyfarth's sixth installment of our 2015 Trade Secrets Webinar Series, Seyfarth attorneys will discuss the significant statutory changes to several jurisdictions’ laws regarding trade secrets and restrictive covenants and...more

West Virginia AG Clears Merger Creating Second Largest Hospital Chain in the State with Conduct Remedy

The federal antitrust enforcement agencies have trumpeted their preferences for structural, as opposed to conduct, remedies as the solution to potentially anticompetitive mergers. In contrast, State Attorneys General have...more

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