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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$100 is Sufficient Consideration for a Non-Compete

The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently concluded that $100 is sufficient consideration for the execution of a mid-employment non-compete. Employment Staffing Group v. Little, 777 S.E.2d 309 (N.C. Ct. App. 2015). Monica...more

Pennsylvania Still Requires Separate Consideration for Restrictive Covenant Agreements

In a much anticipated decision released on November 18, 2015, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania closed the door—if it was ever open—on any arguments doing away with the separate consideration required for restrictive covenant...more

California Court Confirms No Absolute Public Policy Against Non-Competes Entered into by Partners

California’s prohibition on non-competition agreements is less than absolute. For example, non-compete agreements may be enforced against partners or sellers of businesses. Additionally, in SingerLewak LLP v. Andrew Gantman...more

Pennsylvania’s Highest Court Rules Continuing Employment Insufficient Consideration for Non-Compete

Do you have workers in Pennsylvania? If so, do you ask them to sign non-competes after they have already been employed with your company for some appreciable time? If you do, you may be obligated to provide them with...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules That Continued Employment Is Not Sufficient Consideration for Non-Competes Entered Into After the...

In a landmark ruling of first impression, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held that an employer’s non-competition covenant, which included the employee’s pledge not to challenge the covenant for inadequate...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds Uniform Written Obligations Act Does Not Allow Employer To Enforce Noncompete Unsupported By...

In Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, Inc. (No. J-40-2015), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on an issue of first impression: whether the state’s Uniform Written Obligations Act (“UWOA”) allows employers to enforce a...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Finds That UWOA Language Does Not Waive Right to Challenge Adequacy of Consideration for Restrictive...

On November 18, 2015, in a highly anticipated decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that employers could not use the language set forth in Pennsylvania’s Uniform Written Obligations Act (“UWOA”) to avoid providing...more

Do Non-Competes Really Stifle Tech Innovation?

As has been well-chronicled in this blog, Massachusetts and many other states (and even the federal government) have been grappling with proposed legislation that would ban or severely limit non-competes in employment...more

PA Supreme Court Addresses Consideration Required To Enforce Restrictive Covenants

In a highly anticipated decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that “new and valuable” consideration must be conveyed to an employee entering into an agreement containing a restrictive covenant after...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules that Words Alone Not Sufficient to Support Non-Compete Covenant

Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the longstanding requirement that post-employment restrictive covenants must be supported by actual consideration to be enforceable under Pennsylvania...more

Non-Competes Must Be Supported By Consideration in Pennsylvania: No Exception Based On Employee’s Agreement To Be Legally Bound

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that a non-compete entered after the onset of employment without additional consideration is not enforceable even if the employee expressly agreed “to be legally bound.” See Socko v...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Finally Kills Hope That Magic Words Can Substitute for Valuable Consideration in Exchange for...

To most practitioners, Pennsylvania law governing the consideration required for an employment agreement containing a restrictive covenant (e.g., a non-competition clause or non-solicitation clause) has been simple: (1) if...more

Trend In The Courts: It’s Getting Harder To Obtain Preliminary Injunctions In Restrictive Covenant Cases

In recent weeks, courts almost routinely have been denying preliminary injunctive relief in cases alleging violation of non-compete and similar employment agreements. Three examples: Burleigh v. Center Point Contractors,...more

Does General Release Also Cover Noncompete Agreement?

In determining the proper scope of the general release, the court analyzed both the express contract language and the parties' negotiations. Regarding the express contract language, the court found that the general release...more

Avoiding Non-Enforcement of Non-Competes

The use of non-competition agreements to protect a company’s relationships and sensitive information is a relatively common practice. What can be less common, however, is careful use of non-competition agreements, with the...more

Safeguarding Trade Secrets: What You Need To Know

Chances are your business is built on carefully cultivated client lists and finely honed business-development strategies. You might believe that such information is a trade secret and assume that it’s automatically protected...more

Perspectives From the Bench: A Recap of the AIPLA Trade Secret Law Summit’s Judicial Panel

Several members of Seyfarth’s Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Competes Practice Group attended the AIPLA’s annual Trade Secret Law Summit on November 12-13, 2015. Rick Lutkus spoke on a panel that was moderated by Erik...more

Distinguishing Between Types Of Non-Compete Provisions In Rhode Island

Businesses often attempt to protect their valuable, non-public information – for example, confidential business and marketing plans developed through investment and research – from being used by their competitors by requiring...more

Health Care E-Note - October 2015

For health care professionals who began accepting Meaningful Use incentive money at the outset of availability under the Medicare option in 2011, the year 2015 is an important year. By starting early, eligible health care...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - October 2015

Marcel Debruge and Meryl Cowan were featured in Practical Law's Q&A on workers' compensation law for employers in Alabama. The Q&A addresses Alabama laws requiring workers' compensation coverage, including the benefits...more

Illinois Court Leaves Former Employer Without Remedy After Invalidating Its Overly Broad Restrictive Covenants

Just days before Halloween, the Illinois Appellate Court sent a scary message to employers: We will not enforce or judicially modify your overly broad restrictive covenants! In AssuredPartners, Inc. v. Schmitt, No. 13 CH...more

The Multi-State Non-Compete Agreement – Part 3

Our most recent article in this series (May, 2015) addressed the first step of the analysis necessary for the multi-state employer’s design and implementation of a manageable, limited number of noncompete agreements compliant...more

Non competition after termination covenants in Spain

Non-competition after termination covenants (also known as non-compete clauses) are one of the most common provisions incorporated into labor contracts in Spain, particularly in the case of senior managers’ special employment...more

Global Employment Lawyer Volume 2, Issue 1 - November/December 2015

Look out, beware—its holiday party season! According to a survey by Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., about 88 percent of companies in the US had holiday parties last year. That percentage has been hovering around 90...more

How to Prevent Poaching of Your Startup's Employees

Employee “poaching” is a fact of life in many industries. Such employee recruiting is not intrinsically illegal, as a matter of public policy the law generally favors the ability of employees to freely switch employers....more

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