Restrictive Covenants Non-Compete Agreements

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Bring Out the Body Bags: Seller’s Covenant, In Asset Sales Agreement, Not To Compete Within 150 Miles For 10 Years Unenforceable

Palmetto bought the assets of Knight Systems’ mortuary transport business. The agreement of purchase and sale included (a) Palmetto’s commitment to buy body bags, at specified discounted prices, exclusively from Knight...more

How Much Would You Charge To Let Your Counterparty Breach The Contract – Wrotham Park Damages

The Court of Appeal's decision in Karen Morris-Garner & Andrea Morris-Garner v OneStep (Support) Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 180 suggests that Wrotham Park damages may become more common as a remedy for breach of contract. These...more

Non-Compete Legislation In Massachusetts: Could It Actually Happen?

On May 16, 2016, the Massachusetts General Court’s Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development reviewed a re-drafted bill concerning non-compete agreements in the Commonwealth and reported it out of the Committee...more

The Dearth of Restrictive Covenant Case Law in Georgia

It was five years ago this week (May 11, 2011, to be precise) that Georgia's new restrictive covenant statute went into effect. Prior to the effective date of the statute, Georgia was (surprisingly for many out-of-state...more

South Carolina Court of Appeals Says 150-Mile Geographic Restriction in Non-Compete is Unreasonable

South Carolina courts evaluate the enforceability of non-compete provisions executed in the employment context and in connection with the sale of the business under the same reasonableness test. To be enforceable in South...more

No Microscope Needed to See Why This Non-Compete Is Unenforceable

When is a microscope not needed? When the problem one is looking at is big as an elephant, not small as an amoeba. Nion, an electron microscope manufacturer, contracted with Gatan, a spectrometer manufacturer, to use...more

Utah's New Post-Employment Restrictions Act Effective Tomorrow

Utah's newly enacted Post-Employment Restrictions Act (Act) takes effect tomorrow and significantly limits the duration of newly entered noncompetition agreements. Employers should review their noncompetition agreements going...more

Legislative Update: New Non-Compete Restrictions for Physicians

Continuing my review of new employment-related bills is a measure that limits the use of non-compete agreements for doctors. Anyone who tracks bills knows that the name on the bill sometimes doesn’t match the content....more

[Webinar] Noncompete Agreements: Choice of Law and Venues Best Practices - May 25th, 1:00p.m. EDT

Courts in different jurisdictions take very different approaches to whether and under what circumstances noncompete agreements will be enforced. In fact, the laws with respect to enforcing these agreements differ by...more

The White House is Interested in Non-Compete Reform

President Obama is expected to sign the Defend Trade Secrets Act, which passed with overwhelming, bipartisan support in the House and Senate in recent weeks (and about which we will have a lot more to say in the coming days)....more

White House Issues A Call To Arms With Respect To Non-Competes

On May 5, 2016, the White House issued a report largely piggybacking on a recent U.S. Treasury Department study, on which we previously posted, with a primary focus on the purported misuse and negative impacts of non-compete...more

New Noncompete Restrictions Pass Connecticut General Assembly

Connecticut now has one more legislative restriction on noncompetition agreements to join the prohibitions of noncompetes on security guards and radio and TV personalities (and lawyers, but that is not a legislative...more

NC Supreme Court Reaffirms Strict Blue Pencil Doctrine for Restrictive Covenants

The North Carolina Supreme Court recently reaffirmed that the power of North Carolina courts to “blue pencil” restrictive covenants is extremely limited, even when an agreement purports to give a court express authority to...more

Utah Passes New Law Placing Restrictions on Noncompetition Agreements

On March 9th, 2016, the Utah Legislature passed a bill, which the governor signed, substantially limiting an employer's ability to use noncompetition covenants to prevent former employees from competing against them. The new...more

Non-Compete Restriction Held To Be Unenforceable

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

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

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

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

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

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