Non-Solicitation Agreements

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Governor Patrick Proposes Bill to Ban Certain Non-Competes in Massachusetts but Preserve Enforceability of Other Restrictive...

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick proposed legislation that would ban certain non-competition provisions in agreements with employees and independent contractors. Certain other important restrictive covenants,...more

What to Do When Your Client’s COO Becomes Your Competitor’s BFF

One of your most important clients just called. She reports that one of her senior sales people quit a few months ago, and she just learned that the sales person has joined a large competitor. Panicking, your client wants to...more

Protecting Trade Secrets When Employees Depart [Video]

Employment and labor lawyer Richard Warren discusses how employers can better protect one of their most valuable assets—their trade secrets....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

Announcing a Job Move on LinkedIn or Facebook - Breach of Contract or Fair Game?

It is always worthwhile to talk about current developments in the area of social media and employment law, and to look back at their contextual import. Much of the fun, however, lies in playing the forecasting game, and...more

2014 Labor And Employment Law Checklist

Each year, LP’s Labor & Employment Practice Group is pleased to provide a short checklist of steps that all companies should consider taking to measure their readiness for the coming year. We hope that you find this 2014...more

Quick Reference Guide For Laws Governing Post-Employment Conduct - Fifty States At A Glance

In the first days after a key employee, or any employee with access to a company’s sensitive or proprietary business information, leaves to join a competitor, employers must quickly decide how to respond. In these situations,...more

Social Media & Non-Competition Clauses

In our earlier post (Are Non-Competition Restrictions Enforceable?), we reviewed “restrictive covenants” - these are clauses under which employees are bound by restrictions such as non-competition restrictions,...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

If You Fire Me Without Cause, Can I Ignore My Non-Compete And Steal Your Clients?

In the decades since Post v. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, 48 N.Y.2d 84 (1979), in which the New York Court of Appeals concluded it would be unreasonable to enforce a non-competition agreement requiring forfeiture of...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - November 2013

Flurry of New California Employment Statutes Continues - The California Legislature passed and Governor Brown approved the following new statutes impacting California employment law that shortly take effect in 2014....more

New Job? Think Twice Before Announcing it via Social Media

A lawsuit filed in Massachusetts state court recently raised the issue of whether a former employee’s LinkedIn post announcing a new job could violate an anti-solicitation clause of a non-compete contract with the former...more

In Harnett, First Circuit Rejects Bright Line "First Contact" Rule for Non-Solicitation Agreement

In a decision involving the “first contact” rule with respect to non-solicitation agreements, the First Circuit, in Corporate Technologies v. Harnett, rejected a bright line application and upheld a ruling of tortious...more

Illinois Appellate Court Won’t Enforce Noncompetes Against At-Will Employees Unless the Employee Stays At Least Two Years:...

You’re a Connecticut employer with a restrictive covenant program to protect your customer relationships and confidential business information. You require anyone you hire who to develop customer relationships or use your...more

Excuse Me Judge, Could I Be Heard On That?

A few months ago, I filed a motion for a TRO on behalf of a client. I thought I had a pretty rock-solid case. My client had discovered that in the weeks and months leading up to the resignation of a former employee, the...more

Fall Employment And Labour Law Update Seminar

In This Presentation: - AODA update: What employers should know about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005: ..Goal of AODA ..General accessibility standards ..Multi-year...more

What's the One Thing Missing from Most Employee Handbooks?

In your experience, what's the one thing most employers overlook when putting together an employee handbook? The answer to that question depends on whom you ask - and, for a legal perspective, we put it to leading employment...more

Employees: Don't Play Cute With Non-Solicitation Obligations!!

Many employers are applauding a recent decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, which rejected an employee’s argument that as a matter of law he could not have solicited clients who called him...more

First Circuit Enforces Non-Solicitation Agreement in Favor of Employer

Can a former employee circumvent a non-solicitation agreement if he or she merely accepts business from former customers and does not actively solicit them? Recently, in a decision sure to please employers, the First Circuit...more

Key Provisions in Technology Services Agreements

Technology services companies should ensure that their agreements contain provisions designed to protect them in disputes with their customers. Scott & Scott, LLP attorney, Brian Von Hatten, shares several key provisions...more

$20 Million Settlement in In re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation, a Non-Poaching Agreement Case

Three of the seven companies defending allegations that they violated U.S. antitrust law by agreeing not to recruit each other’s employees agreed to settle all claims against them in In re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #32

We are pleased to present the 32nd edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight cases addressing the scope of non-solicitation agreements, a challenge to Google’s...more

No More Playing Cute With Non-Solicitation Obligations: First Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects "Customer Called Me First" Argument

Non-solicitation agreements now may have more teeth in Massachusetts. This week, in Corporate Technologies, Inc. v. Harnett, the First Circuit Court of Appeals allowed to stand an earlier injunction prohibiting Brian Harnett,...more

First Circuit Holds Massachusetts Salesman Violated Nonsolicitation Covenant, Even Though Customer Made “Initial Contact”

On September 23, 2013, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, applying Massachusetts law, upheld a preliminary injunction in a nonsolicitation covenant case, and discussed the often-murky line between “soliciting” and “accepting...more

Supreme Court Affirms the Enforceability of Restrictive Covenants in Commercial Agreements

It is trite law that restrictive covenants (non-competition and non-solicitation clauses) are a restraint on trade and, generally, difficult to enforce in employment contracts. The employer has the onus of proving that the...more

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