Restrictive Covenants

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Quirky Question #277: Passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act

Question: I saw something on the news about some new trade secrets legislation. What’s going on with that? Will it help employers better protect their trade secrets?...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 – Key Takeaways

The Senate and House passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) on April 11 and April 27, 2016, respectively. President Obama previously indicated that he will sign DTSA into law. Below is a brief synopsis of DTSA's...more

Medical Non-Competes in Rhode Island: No Clean Bill of Health

The Rhode Island Superior Court recently refused to enforce a non-compete agreement against a local physician because it was against the public interest. Medicine and Long Term Care Associates, LLC v. Khurshid, PC 2015-0458,...more

Rhode Island Trial Court Decision Could Spell Trouble for Employers Seeking to Enforce Restrictive Covenants Against Healthcare...

One of an employer’s first steps in a suit against a former employee to enforce a restrictive covenant is to seek a preliminary injunction to prevent the employee from continuing to violate his or her contractual obligations....more

Restrictive Covenants: Do Yours Meet a Changing Landscape?

Restrictive covenants are an important tool for businesses concerned about the protection of their confidential business information and the costs of employee training and turnover. When properly crafted and utilized,...more

Trade Secrets Directive

The protection afforded to trade secrets is disparate across the EU. In order to protect trade secrets as potential drivers for economic growth and jobs and to create a level-playing field within Europe, the European...more

Breaking News: European Parliament Approves Trade Secrets Directive

On April 14, 2016 (by a vote of 503 to 131 with 18 abstentions), the European Parliament approved the text of a proposed Directive for the protection of trade secrets in the European Union. Once approved by the European...more

New Utah law limits use of noncompetition agreements

Many employers are confronted by the problem of former employees using company information or relationships they had access to or developed during their employment. Employers have sought protection by having employees agree...more

Utah and Idaho Take Contrasting Approaches to Non-Compete Reform

In the last few weeks, Utah and Idaho have each passed bills changing the landscape of non-compete enforceability in strikingly different ways. Utah’s law places further limitations on the use of non-competes. In contrast,...more

North Carolina Supreme Court Re-Affirms Classic View of "Blue-Pencil Doctrine" for Non-Competition Agreements

The North Carolina Supreme Court, in a long-awaited decision, reaffirmed the Court's historic view on the "blue-pencil" doctrine in North Carolina as it relates to non-competition agreements. In Beverage Systems Of The...more

Labor and Employment Group News: U.S. Treasury Issues Report on the Economic Effects of Non-compete Contracts

An office of Economic Policy Report published in March 2016, entitled "Non-Compete Contracts: Economic Effects and Policy Implications," estimates that 18% of all workers, or nearly 30 million people, are covered by...more

North Carolina Courts Are Forbidden To “Blue Pencil” An Unenforceable Non-Compete

Reversing a 2-1 decision of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the state’s Supreme Court held unanimously that an assets purchase-and-sale contract containing an unreasonable territorial non-competition restriction is...more

The Tesco v. High Peak case: a timely reminder of the impact of competition law on restrictions in land agreements

Well advised property investors and developers will be aware of the interplay between competition law and land agreements and will note with interest the recent case of Tesco v. High Peak. In this case competition law was...more

Getting Full Value out of Noncompete Agreements

Increasingly, companies are having employees sign noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements in order to protect the company, and its customer base, should the employee leave the company. These agreements are clearly...more

Utah Enacts Post-Employment Restrictions Act

A growing number of states are tightening conditions on restrictive covenants.  The start of 2016 saw Oregon and Alabama enact higher barriers to the enforcement of non-compete agreements in those states. As of March 22,...more

New Utah Law Limits Restrictive Covenants to a One-Year Period

On March 9, 2016, Utah enacted the Post-Employment Restrictions Amendments, which limits restrictive covenants to a one-year time period from termination. Any restrictive covenant that is entered into on or after May 10,...more

[Webinar] Protecting Confidential Information and Client Relationships in the Financial Services Industry - April 14th, 1pm EST,...

In Seyfarth's fourth installment in its series of 2016 Trade Secret Webinars, Seyfarth attorneys will focus on trade secret and client relationship considerations in the banking and finance industry, with a particular focus...more

Question #273: Crafting a Concrete Non-Compete

Question: Our company uses non-compete and non-solicit agreements that bar former employees from having contact with any client of our company after they leave. One former employee who recently left is now claiming the...more

North Carolina Supreme Court Reaffirms Strict "Blue Pencil" Rule for Non-Competes

When it comes to modifying the terms of a non-competition agreement deemed overbroad or unreasonable, North Carolina has long held to the blue pencil rule. Unlike many other states, North Carolina judges do not have the...more

What Utah Employers Need to Know About H.B. 251: Post-Employment Restrictions Act

On March 22, 2016, the Governor of Utah signed into law H.B. 251, the Post-Employment Restrictions Act. This was one of the most controversial bills considered this last session, and it underwent many changes through the...more

Utah Governor Signs Law Restricting Post-Termination Noncompete Agreements

On March 22, 2016, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed into law the Post-Employment Restrictions Act (H.B. 251), which limits the duration of post-employment noncompete agreements between employers and employees to a maximum of...more

How does Utah’s New Noncompete Law Affect You?

Utah employers should update their form noncompete agreements to ensure they comply with the state’s new Post-Employment Restrictions Act. Employers of all sizes are subject to the Act, which was adopted by the Utah...more

Supreme Court Upholds North Carolina’s Blue Pencil Doctrine Impacting Non-Competes

On March 18, 2016, the North Carolina Supreme Court reasserted the state’s strict blue pencil doctrine by reversing the Court of Appeals in Beverage Systems of the Carolinas, LLC v. Associated Beverage Repair, LLC, et al....more

Extensive Training Of Ex-Employee By Former Employer Not Enough For Injunction Against Competition

Although an employer spent many hours assisting an employee to obtain a real estate appraiser’s license, the Tennessee Court of Appeals held recently that the employee’s restrictive covenants were unenforceable.  Davis v....more

Statutory Requirements for Invention Assignment Provisions

You may have spent time drafting (or having your lawyers draft) enforceable restrictive covenants to protect your company's confidential and proprietary information, goodwill, and customer relationships, but have you ensured...more

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