Non-Compete Agreements Federal Arbitration Act

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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The Supreme Court Blesses Arbitration Clauses In Covenants Not To Compete, But Is Arbitrating A Non-Compete Always A Good Idea?

Non-competes are governed by different rules from other contracts. Courts limit non-competes to certain circumstances, such as when an individual has received confidential information, goodwill, or specialized training; even...more

A Review Of The Supreme Court’s 2012-2013 Term

As the United States Supreme Court’s 2012-2013 term drew to a close at the end of June, commentators observed a continuing gradual but perceptible shift to the right by the Court. The Roberts Court is generally viewed as...more

Arbitration Clauses~Who Decides their Validity?

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated an opinion of the Oklahoma Supreme Court stating the Oklahoma Court “disregards this Court’s precedents” interpreting the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA”). Nitro-Lift Technologies,...more

US Supreme Court Upholds Arbitrators Authority to Decide the Validity of a Non-Compete Clause in an Arbitration Agreement

The US Supreme Court recently vacated a decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, holding that the national policy favoring arbitration found in the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) and supporting case law, a policy which...more

Employers and Employees May Contract To Arbitrate Non-Competes

The U.S. Supreme Court has weighed in again on employer-employee arbitration agreements, this time holding that disputes over the enforceability and enforcement of non-competition and confidentiality covenants in contracts...more

US Supreme Court Upholds Arbitrators Authority to Decide the Validity of a Non-Compete Clause in an Arbitration Agreement

The US Supreme Court recently vacated a decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, holding that the national policy favoring arbitration found in the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) and supporting case law, a policy which...more

Reinsurance Redux - December 2012

In This Issue: - Southern District of New York Orders Arbitration Panel to Proceed with Umpire Selection: Finding the Federal Arbitration Act mandates that a provision in a reinsurance agreement establishing a...more

Courts Continue to Wrestle With Arbitration Issues

Decades ago, Congress passed the Federal Arbitration Act to combat the hostility courts showed towards arbitration agreements. Since that time, the Supreme Court has repeatedly pronounced the public policy in favor of the...more

SCOTUS Reigns Supreme On Issue Of Arbitration Of Non-Compete Agreements

Some states specifically allow non-compete agreements. Of those states, some have legislation that provides guidelines to parties to a non-compete agreement regarding enforceability. Other states take the approach that...more

Supreme Court Reaffirms Enforceability of Arbitration Agreement in Noncompetition Dispute

In a succinct opinion issued on November 26, 2012, the Supreme Court delivered a stern warning to state courts that fail to enforce arbitration clauses accompanying noncompetition agreements....more

Arbitrators, Not Judges, Must Decide Whether Noncompetes Are Enforceable if There is an Arbitration Clause, Says U.S. Supreme...

On November 26, 2012, the United States Supreme Court held that the enforceability of a noncompete agreement containing a valid arbitration clause must be determined by an arbitrator in the first instance, not by a federal or...more

Supreme Court Backs Arbitration Again - In Non-Compete Case

Once again, the U.S. Supreme Court has given expression to the strong federal policy favoring arbitration. The Court found last week that, because an arbitration clause in an employment agreement was valid, the Federal...more

U.S. Supreme Court Orders State Court To Adhere To Federal Arbitration Act And Compel Arbitration

The United States Supreme Court recently entered the latest of a series of opinions that prevent state courts from interfering with arbitration on state policy grounds. On November 26, 2012, the Court issued its per curiam...more

Federal Law Reigns Supreme In Employment Arbitrations

A recent United States Supreme Court ruling is part of a growing trend of decisions enforcing arbitration clauses, in a broad range of transactions, on the grounds that federal policy, as expressed by the Federal Arbitration...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Arbitrators, Rather Than Courts, Determine The Enforceability Of Non-Compete Covenants In Arbitrable...

Because non-compete agreements are governed by state law, it is rare that the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling affecting such contracts. This week’s decision in Nitro-Lift Technologies, L.L.C. v. Howard, 568 U.S. __...more

Non-Competes Pay a Rare Visit to the U.S. Supreme Court

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in a non-compete case -- a type of dispute that rarely finds its way to the high court. See Nitro-Lift Technologies v. Lee, 568 U.S. --- (2012)....more

Non-Compete Agreements with Arbitration Clauses Get Boost From US Supreme Court

Employers and employees often enter into non-compete agreements that limit an employee’s ability to compete with an employer during, or after, the employee’s employment. These agreements are often the subject of intense...more

U.S. Supreme Court Enforces Arbitration Clause in Non-Compete Agreement

In the latest of a long line of decisions favoring arbitration, the United States Supreme Court has overturned a decision of the Oklahoma Supreme Court invalidating a non-compete agreement that contained a binding arbitration...more

SCOTUS Slaps Sooners With Severability Doctrine

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court reminded the Oklahoma Supreme Court who is boss when it comes to the Federal Arbitration Act. In Nitro-Lift Technologies, LLC v. Howard, 2012 WL 5895686 (U.S. Nov. 26, 2012), SCOTUS...more

High Court Vacates State Supreme Court’s Arbitration Ruling in Noncompete Case

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a per curiam opinion, ruled that the Oklahoma Supreme Court failed to adhere to a correct interpretation of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). The Court vacated a decision made by the...more

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