Employment Contract Non-Compete Agreements

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If You Checked The Box, You’re Bound By The Contract

A recent decision by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals highlights the well-established legal maxim that “when a party enters into a signed, written contract, that party is presumed to understand and assent to its terms.”...more

China: Non-Competes and Employee Post-Departure Reporting Obligations

"Non-compete" refers to an agreement concluded between an employer and an employee at the time of hire, which provides that for a certain period after the termination or rescission of the employment contract, the employee...more

China: Application of Non-Competes To Protect Business Secrets

An enterprise may have no patents or trademarks, but definitely have business secrets. Business secrets—the enterprise’s core information assets—are important intangible assets that go to the core competence of the...more

What Does it Mean to “Modify” an Unenforceable Non-Competition Covenant Under Georgia’s Restrictive Covenants Act?

Although Georgia’s Restrictive Covenants Act has been on the books since the spring of 2011, no judge has decided the exact scope of Georgia courts’ blue-penciling abilities – until now....more

Employees Bound By Non-Compete By Clicking On Box To Accept Stock Grants

Employees at payroll processing giant ADP were held to the terms of a non-compete contained in online stock award documents when they clicked the “I have read and agreed” button in order to receive stock grants. On February...more

New York Appellate Court Declines to Enforce Noncompetes Against Employees Terminated Without Cause

A recent decision by the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division for the First Department, Buchanan Capital Markets, LLC v. DeLucca, 144 A.D.3d 508 (1st Dep’t. 2016), suggests that noncompetition restrictions against...more

Click Here — 3rd Circuit Enforces Restrictive Covenants Tied to Electronic Acceptance of Stock Award

On February 7, 2017, the Third Circuit affirmed a partial preliminary injunction order barring two former ADP employees from soliciting customers for their new employer for one year. This decision is notable as it affirmed...more

The Future of Noncompetition Agreements in Massachusetts and Beyond

The landscape of employee noncompetition (noncompete) agreements is in flux: most states allow such agreements and many states have enacted legislation that governs them. In Massachusetts, the legislature has considered...more

Here We Go Again: Massachusetts Non-Compete Legislation Back in Play

As we previously reported, the Massachusetts House and Senate passed contrasting versions of non-compete reform bills in 2016 but were unable to come to an agreement by the end of the legislative session. Efforts began anew...more

Non-Compete News – Georgia Court Interprets Georgia's Blue Penciling Statute

It’s time to bring back FordHarrison’s Non-Compete News! And what better way to kick off 2017 than with Lifebrite Labs, LLC v. Cooksey (N.D. Ga. December 2016), Georgia’s first-ever published decision interpreting how a...more

Game-Changer on Enforcement of New York Non-Compete Agreements

In a recent decision in Buchanan Capital Markets LLC v. DeLucca, an appellate court in Manhattan placed the enforceability of non-compete agreements in jeopardy for New York employers. Non-competition agreements generally are...more

How Employment Agreements Can Protect An Employer's Intellectual Property And Defend Against Claims of Misappropriation

At approximately 4.6%, the current national unemployment rate is lower than it has been since before the 2008 recession. Generally speaking, this means that companies are hiring new employees. While hiring new employees is...more

Texas Appellate Court Holds Condition Subsequent in Noncompete Agreement Excused Former Employee’s Competitive Activities

A Texas Court of Appeals affirmed a summary judgment last month in favor of an ex-employee declaring that a noncompete clause in an asset purchase agreement and separate noncompete agreement did not bar him from competing...more

Gifts that Don’t Quite Fit in Your Stocking: New Employment Laws Taking Effect in 2017

A number of new state or local laws are set to take effect in Illinois in 2017 which will require employers to update their employee handbooks, employment agreements, and other policies and procedures. We address the key...more

An Argument for the Use of Stock Options with Forfeiture Clauses for Breach of Duty of Loyalty

Introduction Jimmy John’s In 2014, Emily Brunner (“Brunner”) and Caitlin Turowski (“Turowski”) filed a complaint in Illinois against the sandwich company, Jimmy John’s, and its franchise affiliates. The complaint was amended...more

Jimmy John's Settlement Cautions Employers Over Widespread Non-Compete Use

The Jimmy John’s sandwich chain recently settled state law claims in Illinois relating to its former requirement that hourly restaurant employees sign non-competition agreements that prohibit them from working for a competing...more

Noncompetition Agreements—An Update

Nearly two years ago, we wrote about noncompetition agreements in the wake of news that sandwich maker Jimmy John’s required low-level employees to agree to highly restrictive noncompetition clauses. Last week, Jimmy John’s...more

Is Your Missouri Non-Compete Enforceable?

With employee mobility and desire for flexible work arrangements continually increasing, some employers are turning to non-compete agreements to limit the disruption to their workforces. But as some employers have been using...more

New Rules for Nevada Noncompetes

Nevada Companies Must Review Their Noncompete Agreements - The Nevada Supreme Court recently has injected substantial uncertainty into any Nevada contract that contains a noncompete agreement, and companies need to...more

Did the White House’s “Call to Action” Get“Trumped”?

The White House, under the Obama Administration, recently issued a “Call to Action” to state legislators across the country for non-compete reform. The Call to Action was a culmination of a months-long investigation by the...more

Employers Should Keep An Eye On the Non-Compete Reform Movement

Employers who require all employees to sign a form non-competition agreement regardless of the state in which the employee is located or the type of work performed by the employee should think twice before doing so. Recent...more

Texas Court of Appeals Finds Noncompete Agreement Inapplicable to Former President’s Post-Termination Activities Due to the...

On October 27, 2016, the Fort Worth Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s order denying an application for temporary injunction seeking to enjoin Thomas Musgrave, the former president of Henry F. Coffeen III Management,...more

White House Calls for Restrictions to Curb Non-Compete Agreements

The White House has issued new information about its policy position on non-competes, including a call to action from President Obama to state and federal lawmakers to curb and limit non-compete agreements. ...more

Federal Attack on Non-Competes Likely Another Casualty of Election

As our readers are aware, employers can expect that the Trump administration will usher in a plethora of changes in terms of federal employment law policy and enforcement. One particular area in which the new administration...more

Merger does not invalidate noncompete, nonsolicitation covenants

When corporate mergers and acquisitions take place, the parties frequently ask, “What is the effect on the acquired company’s contracts?” That was the issue in a case involving noncompetition and nonsolicitation covenants in...more

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