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Non-Compete Agreements Confidentiality Agreements

Non-Compete Agreements are contracts, typically formed in employment or business purchase contexts, where one party agrees to refrain from engaging in a particular line of work or pursuing business within a... more +
Non-Compete Agreements are contracts, typically formed in employment or business purchase contexts, where one party agrees to refrain from engaging in a particular line of work or pursuing business within a certain industry or locale. The purpose of these agreements is to protect employers or business purchasers from competition stemming from former employees or former owners of a business. less -

New Jersey Legislature Wants to Limit Restrictive Covenants

In keeping with the national trend limiting the use of restrictive covenants, in November 2017, the New Jersey Senate introduced SB3518, a bill setting forth sweeping restrictions that would limit the enforceability of...more

Court Confirms Arbitrator’s Entry Of Interim Preliminary Injunction, Holding That The Award Was Sufficiently “Final”

by Carlton Fields on

This case concerns a 10-year agreement by which plaintiff, an endodontist, contracted to perform consulting services for defendant Dentsply, a business that manufactured and sold endodontic products for the dental industry....more

Keys to the Kingdom: How Confidentiality Agreements Are Key to Keeping Business Information Secret

by Payne & Fears on

In today’s business environment, greater employee mobility and technological advances underscore the need to protect a company’s confidential information and trade secrets. Stories of employees departing with confidential...more

Swimming Pool Company’s Non-Compete Claim Takes a Dive

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

When a company believes that an employee has breached a non-compete agreement by going to work for a competitor, one remedy it can seek is a preliminary injunction. A preliminary injunction is meant to preserve the status quo...more

National Survey On Restrictive Covenants In Employment

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This survey has been provided by the Fox Rothschild Labor and Employment and Securities Industry practice groups as a quick reference for in-house counsel and human resource professionals. The law in this area not only...more

Other Perspectives on Trends in Employee Noncompetition Agreements

by Bryan Cave on

In mid-May, the New York Times published a long article reporting a national trend that employers are expanding both the number of employees who are required to sign non-competition agreements and the types of employees...more

What Would the Perfect Employee Agreement Look Like?

Lawyers strive for perfection in their work, but time constraints, budgets, and other factors work against us. Also, perfection is not always the same thing in every circumstance. It is interesting, however, to contemplate...more

Protecting Intellectual Property from Employee Theft

by Revision Legal on

Business owners who, after an employee dispute or after terminating an employee, have been the victims of intellectual property theft often contact us. Often, the solutions to this problem can be incredibly costly. Here are...more

National Survey on Restrictive Covenants

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This survey has been provided by the Fox Rothschild Labor and Employment and Securities Industry practice groups as a quick reference for in-house counsel and human resource professionals. The law in this area not only...more

Management Rights Clause Does Not Give Management Right to Skip Bargaining Over Non-Compete and Confidentiality Agreement D.C....

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In Minteq v. NLRA, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held an employer committed an unfair labor practice under Section 8 (a)(5) by failing to notify and bargain with a union over its...more

Discover (or rediscover) U.S. employment law: Your questions, our answers

by Dechert LLP on

Companies doing business in the U.S. invariably encounter a legal system and employee relations laws that differ in many significant respects from those in other countries. The sources of U.S. law come from the U.S. federal...more

Restrictive Covenants Can Swing Both Ways: A 3-Step Plan To Avoiding Legal Risks When Onboarding New Employees

by Fisher Phillips on

Employers have been using restrictive covenant agreements – contracts that contain non-compete, customer non-solicitation, employee non-solicitation, or non-disclosure of confidential information – with increasing frequency...more

Watch for the Fox in Your Henhouse: Gig Companies at Risk

by Fisher Phillips on

Intellectual property threats (IPT) to companies participating in the gig economy may be greater than those experienced by traditional business. While this may seem self-evident to some, reflection on the matter confirms to...more

First Published Opinion From New Business Court Judge Conrad

by Brooks Pierce on

Business Court Judges don't have to issue written Opinions in cases granting Preliminary Injunctions. (G.S. § 7A-45.3 limits the obligation to issue a written Opinion to rulings rendered per NCRCP 12, 56, 59, and 60). ...more

Court Finds Broad Non-Disclosure Agreement is Unenforceable Non-Compete

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Last week, in the case of Fay v. Total Quality Logistics, LLC, the South Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that language in a non-disclosure agreement was so broad it effectively became an invalid non-compete agreement. The...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

RIGHT IN THE BREADBASKET: Lessons From Early Cases at the Intersection of Noncompetes and the DTSA

As many TSW readers are aware, 2016 has been a big year for trade secret law, with both the United States and the European Union expanding trade secrets protections and increasing the uniformity of their laws. But as good as...more

Inappropriate Invention Assignments, Confidentiality and non-compete Agreements - Common Small Business Owner Mistakes

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later is a series of short tips on common legal mistakes small business owners make. Tip # 3 - Ensure employees, especially key employees, enter the appropriate invention assignment,...more

Eighth Circuit Finds Non-Competition Agreements Assignable to Successor Employer in Asset Purchase Without Employees' Consent

by FordHarrison on

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently held that a successor employer, who was assigned non-competition agreements as part of an asset purchase, could seek to enforce the non-competition agreements...more

Recent Developments Again Call for Timely Review of Restrictive Covenants

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We have suggested before that employers should view non-competition and other restrictive agreements as “live” documents, warranting regular examination to ensure they are deployed with appropriate precision and account for...more

Trump, Captain America, Deadpool and the Impact on Florida Non-Competition Agreements

by Burr & Forman on

Competition is the name of the game this summer. The presidential hopefuls travel the country competing for votes. After knocking out Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz and more than a dozen other Republican Presidential hopefuls,...more

On Sale Bar Invalidates Safyral, Beyaz Folate Patent

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Merck & CIE v. Watson Laboratories, Inc., the Federal Circuit found communications between Merck and a potential joint venture partner amounted to a commercial offer to sell that invalidated the Orange Book-listed folate...more

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

by Locke Lord LLP on

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

Protecting Trade Secrets: A New Arrow in the Quiver

by Benesch on

A new weapon in the effort to protect trade secret information came into existence on May 11, 2016 as President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”). DTSA creates a new federal cause of action for trade...more

Congress Passes the Defend Trade Secrets Act

by Baker Donelson on

On April 27, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) by a vote of 410 to 2. Since the Senate already passed the bill and the Obama Administration has long been in favor of it, the...more

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