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Non-Compete Agreements Restrictive Covenants

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 -

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

Construction E-Note - March 2017

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published on March 10, 2017 by Construction Executive, Meghan Cox provides guidance on how businesses can reduce the risks associated with violence in the workplace and how businesses should handle this violence...more

For Your Consideration: Recent State-to-State Developments on Sufficient Consideration for Employee Non-Compete Agreements

The various laws, statutes, and policies governing non-compete agreements are nuanced, inconsistent, and sometimes downright contradictory from state-to-state. The issue of consideration is no different. Like other...more

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

by Dentons on

"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

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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?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

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

In Georgia, the Blue-Pencil Only Strikes Overly Broad Non-Competes and Does Not Rewrite Them

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In Spring 2011, the Georgia legislature passed a new restrictive covenant statute, which, for the first time, allowed Georgia courts in reviewing non-competition agreements between employer and employee to blue-pencil or...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

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

by Saul Ewing LLP on

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

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

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

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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

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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

Are Non-Compete Agreements Right for Your Construction Company?

by Burr & Forman on

Non-compete agreements, or non-competition agreements, are contracts into which an employer and an employee enter that restricts the work the employee can perform for another company when the employee’s tenure at the employer...more

Top Developments/Headlines in Trade Secret, Computer Fraud, and Non-Compete Law in 2016

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Continuing our annual tradition, we present the top developments/headlines for 2016 in trade secret, computer fraud, and non-compete law. Please join us for our first webinar of the New Year on February 2, 2017, at 12:00 p.m....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

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

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

Nevada Employers: Time To Review Your Non-Competes

by Fisher Phillips on

If you are using a noncompetition agreement in Nevada, you may want to consider reviewing that agreement. The Nevada Supreme Court recently held that state courts shall not modify – or “blue pencil” – non-compete agreements...more

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

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

Forum Shoppers Beware (But Not in Alabama)!

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Since non-compete law can vary drastically by state, many employers who operate in a multistate environment can benefit from utilizing forum-selection and choice-of-law clauses. These clauses are intended to ensure employers...more

Noncompetition Agreements—An Update

by Zelle LLP on

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

New Rules for Nevada Noncompetes

by Dickinson Wright on

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

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