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Non-Compete Agreements Non-Solicitation 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 -

Employment News - April 2017 #3

by Hogan Lovells on

Taking the long view – potential nine month restriction for broker upheld - In Tradition Financial Services Ltd v Gamberoni the High Court has upheld six month non-compete and non-solicitation covenants, despite...more

Restrictive Covenants Can Swing Both Ways: A 3-Step Plan To Avoiding Legal Risks When Onboarding New Employees

by Fisher Phillips on

Employers have been using restrictive covenant agreements – contracts that contain non-compete, customer non-solicitation, employee non-solicitation, or non-disclosure of confidential information – with increasing frequency...more

Watch for the Fox in Your Henhouse: Gig Companies at Risk

by Fisher Phillips on

Intellectual property threats (IPT) to companies participating in the gig economy may be greater than those experienced by traditional business. While this may seem self-evident to some, reflection on the matter confirms to...more

Court Finds Broad Non-Disclosure Agreement is Unenforceable Non-Compete

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Last week, in the case of Fay v. Total Quality Logistics, LLC, the South Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that language in a non-disclosure agreement was so broad it effectively became an invalid non-compete agreement. The...more

Non-Compete News - New York Will Not Stop Fired Employees from Competing

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A company that terminates an employee — even if it offers the employee the chance to apply for a position with the company’s successor — cannot enforce restrictive covenants over that employee, a New York appeals court...more

Don’t Friend My Friends: Nonsolicitation Agreements Should Account for Social Media Strategies

As social media becomes an important part of many companies’ sales and branding strategies, issues relating to companies’ ability to protect their investments in such strategies are emerging. Indeed, this blog has previously...more

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

by BakerHostetler on

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

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

Indiana Court of Appeals Rules on Irreparable Harm, Laches, Extension Clauses, and More in Recent Restrictive Covenant Case

The Indiana Court of Appeals recently issued a restrictive covenant ruling addressing several significant issues. On November 30, 2016, in Hannum Wagle & Cline Engineering, Inc. v. American Consulting, Inc., the Indiana Court...more

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

Merger does not invalidate noncompete, nonsolicitation covenants

by Kirton McConkie PC on

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

DOJ Publishes Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals Relating to No-Poaching and Wage-Fixing Agreements

by FordHarrison on

In a series of investigations and subsequent court actions, HR professionals have been identified as being potential targets for investigation of allegations of violations of antitrust laws related to employment practices,...more

Antitrust Division Threatens Criminal Prosecution for Employment Practices: Antitrust Agencies Issue Joint Guidance on Employment...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Even in the absence of an agreement to fix compensation, simply exchanging competitively sensitive information could serve as evidence of an implicit illegal agreement. On October 20, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and...more

DOJ and FTC Release Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals

by Littler on

Employment lawyers and human resources professionals, take note:  In 2016, in addition to knowing the ins and outs of labor and employment law, the federal government and its enforcement entities expect that you have more...more

The White House’s Call to Action: A Step in the Right Direction or a Bridge Too Far?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Fresh off of signing the Defend Trade Secrets Act, the White House released a report yesterday entitled “Non-Compete Reform: A Policymaker’s Guide to State Policies,” which contains information on state policies related to...more

To Compete or Not To Compete: White House Wants States to Ban Many Restrictive Covenant

Many companies have their employees execute non-compete clauses either in employment agreements or as separate documents. The justification for doing so is to protect the company from training workers who later leave and take...more

Three Workplace Trends that will Impact your Bottom Line in 2017

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

Employers in the food and beverage industry face countless and ever increasing regulatory challenges, including food safety and handling, labeling, distribution requirements, and on and on. Regulatory compliance often has an...more

DOJ Toughens Stance on Certain Employment-Related Agreements Between Competitors - New Antitrust Guidance Threatens Criminal...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Oct. 20, 2016, jointly released Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals, cautioning employers about...more

Fox Rothschild’s National Survey on Restrictive Covenants Released

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Although the Broker Protocol has alleviated some concerns, many firms still find themselves wrestling with the vagaries of restrictive covenants when dealing with their employees. Fox Rothschild has produced this revised and...more

4.5 Million Reasons to Abide by a Non-Solicitation Agreement

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

On September 9, 2016, the Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld an award of $4.5 million in punitive damages against several former employees, who violated non-compete/non-solicitation agreements with their former employers. In...more

Pa. Superior Court Affirms Punitive Damage Award in Breach of Noncompetition Agreement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has affirmed a lower court ruling that assesses punitive damages against several individuals and their new employer resulting from their en masse departure from a previous firm and, in the...more

Accountant and Attorney Liability Newsbrief - Fall 2016

by LeClairRyan on

Massachusetts recently amended its pay equity statute, which substantially enforces the protections of the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act. These changes will go into effect in July 2018. The prohibitions against discriminating...more

A Rose by Any Other Name is Not as Sweet: When a Non-Solicit is Actually a Non-Compete

by Dentons on

The Ontario Court of Appeal has held that the words “accept business”, in what the employer intended to be a non-solicitation clause, served to restrict competition and is therefore not merely a non-solicitation...more

Agreement Prohibiting Solicitation of Employees by Former Employee may be Unenforceable

by Ruder Ware on

A recent decision from the Wisconsin Court of Appeals has raised serious questions regarding non-solicitation agreements that are often included as part of an employment agreement or severance agreement. A non-solicitation...more

Two New England States Pass Legislation Restricting Physician Non-Competes

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

We’ve written a lot this summer about the Massachusetts legislature’s latest failed attempt at non-compete reform. Two other states in New England, however, are able to claim accomplishments in that regard. Specifically,...more

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