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Court Was Wrong to Re-Write Covenants

In Prophet v Huggett [2014] ECWA Civ 1013, the Court of Appeal has overturned a recent decision of the High Court in which it had re-written a non-compete covenant to give it commercial effect. You may recall that we...more

Having Employees Sign Non-Compete Agreements After They Have Already Started Working Could Be A Big Problem For Some Employers

A non-compete agreement is a vital tool that companies use to protect their confidential and trade secret information and their customer and employee relationships. Employers, of course, want to avoid the trouble of running...more

Business Litigation Reporter -- June 2014

Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation sessions and related courts throughout the country – courts within which...more

5 Attributes of a Successful Non-Compete Agreement

Given the rising use of non-competes in all manner of businesses, we asked JD Supra contributors to tell us what's required in a successful agreement between employer and employee. Here is what we heard back....more

Massachusetts Federal Court Refuses to Transform Non-Disclosure Agreement into a Non-Competition Agreement

A recent decision from the Massachusetts federal district court serves as a good reminder to Massachusetts employers that courts are unlikely to view the breach of a non-disclosure/confidentiality agreement as justification...more

Using Non-Competes When Greater Employee Responsibility = Greater Protectable Interest

Many employers require new hires to sign non-compete agreements and we have advised previously about best practices for employers to refresh their non-compete terms on a regular basis. A recent decision by a Maryland federal...more

Proposed Ban on Non-Competes in Massachusetts

Proposed legislation introduced by Governor Patrick to eliminate most forms of non-competition agreement in Massachusetts may be enacted before July 31, 2014. This legislation creates significant risks for employers with...more

Federal Court Reminds Trade Secret Owners That the Statute of Limitations Isn't Everything When it Comes to Misappropriation...

Several years after an employee leaves your company, you realize that he or she has been using confidential and proprietary information acquired from your business to compete against you. Your non-compete agreement with the...more

Managing the Risks of a Mobile Workforce

Retiring after 30 years with the same company is rare today. The symbolism of a retirement party and a gold watch will be lost on generations as frequent employee transition between companies becomes the norm. ...more

Restrictive Covenants and the Cross-Border Employer

In most U.S. states employers are free to bind employees with restrictive covenants – which commonly take the form of post-employment restrictions on soliciting clients or employees – as a condition of employment. The wide...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Rules that Employers Must Provide Additional Consideration to Bind Current Employees to a Non-Compete...

In Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, Inc., 2014 WL 1898584 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2014), a case of first impression, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that simply reciting, in a non-competition agreement with a current...more

Pa. Superior Court: ‘Valuable Consideration’ Required for Employer Enforcement of Non-Compete Agreement

In a case of first impression, a Pennsylvania appellate court recently held that contractual language satisfying the state’s Uniform Written Obligations Act (UWOA)—that is, a statement that the parties “intend to be legally...more

Prepare To Consider Your Former Employees Your New Competition

There’s nothing that gets employers more fired up than a former employee jumping ship to join a competitor. But, in an effort to prevent such future angst, you’ve had your employees sign a non-compete. You’re golden, right?...more

Pennsylvania Court Refuses to Enforce Non-Competition Agreement; Holds that Continued Employment Alone is Insufficient...

Most jurisdictions in the United States hold that continued employment constitutes sufficient consideration in exchange for entering into a non-competition agreement. A handful of jurisdictions however – Minnesota, North...more

Employers Must Provide "Valuable Consideration" To Current Employees When Entering A Non-Compete Agreement During Employment

In a case of first impression for the appellate courts of this Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently ruled in Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, Inc. that language contained in an employment agreement...more

Dispelling Employment Myths Series – Issue 2: Non-Compete Agreements

Ever play the game telephone? It’s a game in which one person whispers something into the ear of the next person, and that person is supposed to whisper the same thing into the ear of the next person, and so on. When the...more

Pa. Superior Court Reiterates That Employers Have to Provide Additional Consideration When Obtaining Noncompete Agreements with...

The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently ruled in Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, Inc., that employers cannot enforce noncompete agreements entered into after the employee has already commenced employment, unless the...more

Pennsylvania Non-Compete Update

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania reaffirms that restrictive covenants added to existing employment relationships must be supported by “valuable consideration.” Pennsylvania courts have long held that an employer...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Confirms that Valuable Consideration Required for Non-Compete Agreement Entered Into After...

Through its decision in Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, Inc., No. 1223, 2014 WL 1898584 (Pa. Super. Ct. May 13, 2014), the Pennsylvania Superior Court has confirmed that a restrictive covenant entered into after the...more

Social Media Job Updates: The “Footprints in the Snow” Showing Customer Solicitation?

In this era of hyper self-promotion and cyber networking, through the wonders of social media, former employees are commonly creating some of the most incriminating evidence establishing their violation of non-compete and...more

14 Global Workplace Trends For 2014 (Infographic)

With January in full swing and your first new year’s resolution already broken, here’s one goal you can keep: stay abreast of developments to get ahead of the curve, beginning with the top 14 trends impacting multinational...more

14 Global Workplace Trends for 2014

With January in full swing and your first new year’s resolution already broken, here’s one goal you can keep: stay abreast of developments to get ahead of the curve, beginning with the top 14 trends impacting multinational...more

Act Now Advisory: Since Fifield Is Not Going Away Any Time Soon, Illinois Employers Should Consider Revising the Consideration...

In June 2013, the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District (i.e., Cook County) held that, absent other consideration, two years of employment is required for a restrictive covenant to be deemed supported by adequate...more

Quirky Question #212, Montana Non-Competes

We are an accounting firm and recently fired an employee at will. We have always understood that Montana law disfavors non-competition agreements, therefore, our employment agreement provides that if the accountant provides...more

Ten Drafting Tips For Covenants Not To Compete

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal discussed the rise in litigation regarding covenants not to compete, along with a summary of the positives and negatives of these covenants....more

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