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Grey Marketing – Still Not Black and White in Canada

by Smart & Biggar on

Grey marketing, sometimes referred to as “parallel importation”, is the diversion of goods, originally intended for sale only in certain countries, to other countries where they were not intended to be sold. The goods are not...more

DOJ Anti-Steering Suit Against Carolinas Healthcare Survives Preliminary Motion

by Mintz Levin on

On March 30, 2017, in a closely watched case, a federal district court denied the Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings filed by Carolinas Healthcare against the DOJ Antitrust Division and State of North Carolina’s Complaint...more

UK: Employee Post-Termination Restrictions Under English Law: Five Things You Need To Know

by Dentons on

It is often the case that the drafting of post-termination restrictions only comes into focus on enforcement. Ideally, however, the careful drafting of such restrictions should be a priority when drafting employment contracts...more

Attempt to Monopolize Claim Fails Where Plaintiff Cannot Establish Approach to Monopoly Power in Properly Defined Relevant Market

Practitioners interested in the real world application of an attempt to monopolize claim under Section 2 of the Sherman Act, will find Savory Pie Guy a “good read” for the New Year. Savory Pie Guy, LLC v. Comtec Industries,...more

Requiring Non-Competes for Low Level Employees Raises Increasing Risks for Employers

A client recently asked us to draft a non-competition agreement that would prevent entry level machinists from working for a competitor for one year following their departure from employment. When we asked the client about...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Dec. 22nd, 2016

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the short week ending December 22, 2016 is below. This week’s update is brief one....more

Prescribing the “minimum effective dose”

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Drafting and enforcing post-employment restraints has a lot in common with good medicine. It is necessary to prescribe only the “minimum effective dose” – the amount necessary to produce the desired outcome with minimum...more

NCAA’s System of Amateurism

Former UCLA basketball star and NCAA champion Ed O’Bannon was the lead plaintiff in a 2009 class action lawsuit that was the first serious challenge to the lifeblood of the NCAA’s very existence: all of its players are unpaid...more

Poachers Beware: Wisconsin Court Rules That Restrictions on Employee Solicitation Are Subject to Law Governing Noncompetes

In a case of first impression, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals held that anti-poaching provisions in post-employment restrictive covenants are subject to the statutory regulations that govern noncompete agreements in...more

Wisconsin Court Strikes Clause Restricting Solicitation of Employees

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

An engineer’s employment contract provision imposing a post-termination restriction against soliciting former co-workers to quit or to accept employment with a competitor, supplier, or customer is an unenforceable restraint...more

Wisconsin Court Finds Anti-Poaching Agreements to be Unenforceable

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Analyzing an anti-poaching agreement as a non-compete agreement, a Wisconsin Court of Appeals has confirmed that a former employee’s agreement not to solicit other employees may be void and unenforceable if it is too broad....more

You get to write the script for this story…

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Effective restraints of trade protect businesses which rely heavily on human capital from damage that sometimes can’t be undone. These restraints – usually sitting in an employment contract – can be a key business asset....more

Michigan Supreme Court Holds That the Federal “Rule of Reason” Applies in Evaluating the Enforceability of Noncompete Agreements...

by Dickinson Wright on

The Michigan Antitrust Reform Act (MARA) contains a specific provision, MCL 445.774a, that governs the enforceability of noncompete agreements between employees and employers. MARA does not, however, provide standards for...more

Expert Analysis Guides Decision to Certify Class of Automotive Part Purchasers

Certifying a class of direct purchasers of sheet metal parts alleging claims under section 1 of the Sherman Act, Judge Lynn Adelman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin focused on what it...more

Freedom to Whiten: Teeth-Whitener’s Antitrust Suit Against Georgia Board of Dentistry Allowed to Proceed

Earlier this week, in Colindres v. Battle, et al., No. 15-CV-2843 (N.D. Ga.), the District Court for the Northern District of Georgia refused to dismiss antitrust claims brought by the owner of a teeth-whitening company...more

Non-Compete Restriction Held To Be Unenforceable

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In Bartholomews Agri Food Ltd v Thornton [2016] EWHC 648 (QB), the High Court considered whether a non-compete post-termination restriction was an unlawful restraint of trade. Bartholomews Agri Food Ltd (Bartholomews)...more

California Court Gives Two Thumbs Down and Voids Non-Compete in Actor’s Agreement

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Limitation on an actor’s ability to work in certain films struck down as an unlawful restraint of trade. California, mecca of the film and media production industries in the U.S., is notorious for...more

News Flash: It’s Not Illegal to Tie Sutures!

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

You have to hand it to Kansas federal judge Daniel Crabtree. He played it completely straight in his April 7 decision rejecting the claim by Suture Express that two national medical supply distributors were guilty of...more

Liquidated Damages: A Viable Alternative to Noncompetition Agreements in Louisiana?

The Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal recently issued an opinion that might pave the way for employers to use liquidated damages as a means of discouraging competition by former employees in certain...more

Texas Telemedicine Provider Survives Another Round

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Teledoc, a telehealth services provider looking to do business in Texas, continued its winning streak in Texas federal court: on Monday, a judge rejected the Texas Medical Board’s motion to dismiss Teledoc’s antitrust...more

Court Rules on Antitrust Claims Arising from Changes to Electricity Pricing Plans for Home Solar Users

A federal court allowed certain antitrust and state law claims brought by an installer of distributed solar energy systems against Arizona’s Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District (SRP) to move forward...more

O’Bannon v. NCAA – A Split Decision by the Ninth Circuit

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its highly anticipated decision in the O’Bannon case on September 30, 2015. This case was an appeal of the United States District Court for the Northern District...more

Ninth Circuit Disallows Additional Compensation for College Athletes

Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit ruled in the long awaited O’Bannon v. NCAA case, which challenged NCAA rules that bar student-athletes from “being paid for the use of their names, images, and likenesses” (NILs) – part of the...more

Ninth Circuit Clarifies Analysis of Alleged Hub-and-Spoke Conspiracies Under the Sherman Act

Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion affirming the dismissal of plaintiffs’ consolidated complaint in In re Musical Instruments and Equipment Antitrust Litigation. In addressing plaintiffs’ allegations of a...more

Ninth Circuit Stays Injunction in O’Bannon v. NCAA Pending Final Decision

The Ninth Circuit issued an order last Friday staying an injunction from U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken of the Northern District of California in O’Bannon v. NCAA until it reaches a decision on the merits of the appeal....more

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