Restrictive Covenants

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The Point Of An Unenforceable Noncompete May Be Very Sharp Indeed

Writing for Mother Jones, Kevin Drum recently asked “What’s the point of an unenforceable noncompete agreement?” He posits two possible answers: First, it’s just boilerplate language they don’t really care about but...more

“Freaky Fast” Oppression? Jimmy John’s Should Reconsider its Approach to Blanket Noncompete Agreements

Most competent employment lawyers with experience pursuing and/or rebuffing enforcement of noncompetition agreements know that enforcement against low level workers is highly unlikely. If recent news reports are true, Jimmy...more

Federal Court Dismissal of EEOC Suit Leaves Employers Hanging

In a closely watched ruling, an Illinois federal district court handed a victory to one particular employer, but ducked a broader ruling that would have provided general guidance to companies generally that are trying to...more

An Overview of Tennessee Law Regarding Non-Competition Agreements

Often employers invest significant resources in training and developing employees. Prudent employers recognize that, as unfortunate as it may be, employment relationships do not always go as planned. These employers might...more

Sales Free and Clear: What About Restrictive Covenants?

Heatherwood Holdings, LLC v. HGC, Inc. (In re Heatherwood Holdings, LLC), 746 F.3d 1206 (11th Cir. 2014) – A chapter 11 debtor owned property that had always been used as a golf course and club. When it requested that...more

Can I Paint My House Bright Pink?

Long before municipal zoning by-laws existed, restrictive covenants were used as an effective community planning tool. If Susan owned a large parcel of land and sold a piece to Jason, Susan may have required that Jason...more

Federal Trade Secrets Protection — Finally Something Both Parties Can Agree On

In recent months, two bipartisan bills have been introduced in Congress providing for a Federal civil remedy for trade secret misappropriation — the Defend Trade Secrets Act , introduced in the Senate in April, and the Trade...more

Derek Jeter Retires: Can He Compete?

For two decades Yankees fans and baseball aficionados everywhere have reveled in Derek Jeter’s statesmanship and poise. Jeter exemplified leadership. Despite having played alongside several teammates embroiled in controversy,...more

Protecting Your UK Business Against Departing Employees

Departing employees can represent a significant threat to UK business. This is particularly so in the case of senior managers and employees who have access to confidential information or who exert influence over key...more

Georgia Court of Appeals Provides Ammunition for Saving Unenforceable Non-Competes

In the World War II epic Saving Private Ryan, Tom Hanks and his platoon of grunts cross dangerous enemy territory to rescue an American soldier before he becomes the fourth member of his family to be a casualty of the Big...more

To Compete or Not to Compete: Is That the Question?

A June 8, 2014 New York Times article highlighted an increasing trend in the areas of antitrust, competition, and employment law: the enforcement of covenants not to compete. As noted in the article, businesses have...more

The parade of NDAs

Non-disclosure agreements have been a regular part of my practice because so many of my clients have technology at the core of their businesses. Lately, however, it seems like I’ve been dealing almost daily with clients who...more

Employment Law Summer Recap 2014: Part 3 of 11 – The Decision 2.0: This Time, LeBron Leaves the Right Way; Will Your Employees?

While it seems like it happened forever ago, it was just back in July when LeBron James once again held this nation captive over where he would play basketball. ...more

Trade Secrets Claims Can Be Tough To Succeed On In The Business Court

If you want to pursue a trade secrets claim in the Business Court, you've got to disclose the details of your trade secret. The Opinion last week in Unimin Corp. v. Gallo, 2014 NCBC 43 illustrates that point in detail. ...more

Texas Supreme Court Draws Distinction Between Loyalty Agreement and Non-Compete

In many industries, it is common to pay incentives in the form of restricted stock options payable in the future if certain conditions are satisfied. In Exxon-Mobil v. Drennen, decided on August 29, 2014, the Texas Supreme...more

New York State Court Approves Confidentiality Agreement

A New York state court approved a stipulation entered into among the parties in a reinsurance dispute which set forth the terms and conditions upon which the parties agreed produce and exchange confidential and/or proprietary...more

Texas Supreme Court Rules for Exxon: A New Day for Noncompete-Triggered Forfeitures in Texas?

On August 29, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court in Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Drennen upheld a noncompete-triggered forfeiture provision in an executive compensation plan that applied New York law. This is a landmark decision in a...more

Update: Massachusetts Lawmakers Decline to Change Noncompete Law, but Governor Presses On

As an update to the previous article, Massachusetts May Go Boldly...Where Only California and North Dakota Have Gone Before, Massachusetts state legislators dropped proposed restrictions on the enforcement of post-employment...more

Fires, Rehires and Non-Competition Agreements: Termination of Employment, No Matter How Brief, May Start the Clock to Run

An Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled that an employer cannot enforce a two year non-compete agreement against an employee who was fired for just 10 days and then rehired because the termination was treated as permanent and...more

Employers on Either Side of Employee Poaching Should Consider Taking Some (Rather Easy) Steps to Better Protect Themselves

Recently, litigation consultant TrialGraphix Inc. sued its competitor FTI Consulting, Inc. and four former high-ranking employees in New York Supreme Court for allegedly scheming to steal its trade secrets and gain access to...more

Restrictions in Franchise Agreements Narrowly Construed

Virginia’s public policy in favor of freedom of contract is well established. It may be most conspicuously evidenced by the Supreme Court of Virginia’s increasingly narrow construction of post-contract employment restrictions...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 34

In this issue: - Oregon State Court Refuses to Enforce Forum Selection Bylaw - SEC Announces Pilot Program to Widen Tick Sizes for Smaller Companies - NFA Issues Notice Setting Effective Date for Risk...more

Choice of Law Has Huge Consequences, Especially in NC Non-Compete Case

An interesting case out of the Eastern District of North Carolina reminds us of the importance of choice of law when dealing with non-compete litigation. Let’s take a look...more

Muzzling Whistleblowers: When Confidentiality Agreements Go Too Far

Confidentiality agreements can be useful to a company. For example, they can ensure that employees are aware of their company’s valuable trade secrets and can establish requirements to safeguard those assets. But when do...more

Court Was Wrong to Re-Write Covenants

In Prophet v Huggett [2014] ECWA Civ 1013, the Court of Appeal has overturned a recent decision of the High Court in which it had re-written a non-compete covenant to give it commercial effect. You may recall that we...more

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