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Restrictive Covenants Non-Compete Agreements

Non-Compete News: Georgia Court of Appeals Confirms Lack of Geographic or Material Contact Limitation Does Not Invalidate...

by FordHarrison on

Georgia’s recent Restrictive Covenant Act, enacted in 2011, does not directly address non-solicitation of employees a/k/a non-recruitment covenants, thereby leaving such provisions subject to the principles developed by...more

Clear As Mud: Illinois Courts Continue To Grapple With The “Adequacy” Of Consideration For Non-Compete Agreements

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

It is axiomatic that a contract requires consideration to be binding. Ordinarily, courts only inquire into the existence, but not the “adequacy,” of consideration. Illinois courts, however, also scrutinize the adequacy of...more

Non-Compete Legislation Update: Why Choices of Law and Forum are a Big Deal

On October 31, 2017, the Joint Committee on Workforce and Development once again held a hearing to discuss the possibility of legislative changes to Massachusetts non-competition and trade secrets laws. There were several...more

Morgan Stanley Abandons Broker Industry Recruiting Pact

by Genova Burns LLC on

In a major blow to the Protocol for Broker Recruiting, which limited restrictive covenants in the broker industry and resulting litigation, according to Reuters (October 30, 2017), Morgan Stanley has decided to withdraw from...more

Is Customer Information A Trade Secret? Not So Fast!

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Under what circumstances do customer information and business operations constitute “trade secrets” that may be enjoined from use by a former employee ? A recent decision by Justice Elizabeth H. Emerson on this issue serves...more

[Webinar] Best Practices for Employers When Dealing With Issues Relating to Employment Agreements with Restrictive...

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Many companies frequently use non-compete and non-solicit clauses in their employment agreements. However, there are several important legal issues to consider before drafting and executing these agreements. When an employee...more

Illinois Attorney General Wages War Against Low-Wage Non-Competes

by Fisher Phillips on

Last week, the Attorney General of Illinois filed suit against Check Into Cash, LLC, alleging that the payday lender required its low-wage customer service employees to agree to illegal non-compete agreements in violation of...more

Continued Employment Isn’t Always Sufficient – Minnesota Requires Additional Consideration For Non-Compete With Current Employee

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Minnesota federal district court recently refused to enforce a non-compete agreement, in part, because the employer failed to establish that the agreement was supported by valuable consideration. The decision, issued on...more

I-16 – Kneeling, Indefinite Leave, DC Updates, Non-Compete Consideration, and Pretty as a Protected Class

by Cozen O'Connor on

This episode discusses kneeling in the NFL/workplace, indefinite leave entitlement, and sufficient consideration for non-competes, provides an update from DC on OT exemptions and class action waivers, and questions whether...more

Departing Employees: Ensuring Protection of Trade Secrets and Intellectual Property

“Knowledge is power” goes the old adage. Well, that is certainly true in the world of business where secret processes, confidential designs, and even a good customer list can give a business a vital commercial edge over its...more

North Carolina Business Court Addresses Consideration Requirement for Covenant Not to Compete

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In American Air Filter Co., Inc. v. Price, No. 16 CvS 13610, 2017 WL 2797794 (N.C. Super. Ct. June 26, 2017), the plaintiff’s former employee signed an employment agreement that renewed automatically each year. The agreement...more

Referral Sources Can Be A Protectable Interest Under Florida Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In Florida, non-competition and other restrictive covenant agreements are enforceable to the extent they are tailored to protect a legitimate business interest. On September 14, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court held that a...more

Kansas Decision Highlights The Perils Of Overreach In Restrictive Covenant Agreements

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In a recent decision examining Kansas non-compete law, the United States District Court for the District of Kansas partially granted a company’s motion to enjoin its former employee’s violations of the non-compete and...more

Blog: Non-Competes for California Employees in M&A Deals: Don’t Fudge It

by Cooley LLP on

Post-employment non-compete covenants are generally invalid in California, with certain limited but important exceptions like when a business or associated goodwill is sold and the buyer – as part of the deal – wants to...more

Ineligible Coach On The Field – Assessing Whether Restrictions Are Enforceable In Contracts

With the start of college football season around the corner, attention turns to off-season shake ups in coaching staffs. One controversial change involved defensive coordinator Robert H. Shoop. Shoop traded in his blue and...more

Non-compete post-termination restrictions: de minimis carve-out - Tillman v. Egon Zehnder Limited

by Dentons on

We considered the case of Tillman in our last edition of the newsletter but it's back again. Ms Tillman has successfully appealed to the Court of Appeal, which has made a finding that her non-compete restriction was...more

Protecting Business Interests: Don't Get Stung by an Overly Wide Non-Compete

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In Tillman v Egon Zehnder Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 1054 the Court of Appeal examined the enforceability of a non-compete covenant. Ms Tillman was the global co-head of financial services at Egon Zehnder Ltd (EZ), a professional...more

NYC Proposes Ban on Non-Competes

by Reed Smith on

New York City, which for years has been a trailblazer in employee-friendly workplace legislation, is at it again. Late last month, the NYC Council proposed a bill that would prohibit non-compete agreements for low-wage...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

North Carolina Business Court Decision Could Impact Enforceability of Many Non-Competition Covenants

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

A recent decision in the North Carolina Business Court could have significant implications on non-competition covenants in employment agreements that contain a very common automatic renewal term. The decision, if followed by...more

Do employees need to disclose intention to compete?

by Dentons on

All employment contracts have an implied term ensuring that employees will serve their employer with good faith and fidelity. This implied term covers numerous things, including prohibiting employees from competing with their...more

Non compete clauses and employees destined for greatness

by Dentons on

The case of Egon Zehnder Ltd v. Mary Caroline Tillman is another useful reminder to ensure that restrictive covenants are fit for purpose and, whilst in this case the covenants were upheld, it is also a reminder to ensure...more

Tips for Drafting Executive Employment Agreements – Tip #3 – Restrictive Covenants

by Bryan Cave on

This article continues with another tip for drafting executive employment agreements and the importance of consulting counsel. For every well drafted executive employment agreement in the business world, there seem to be...more

Illinois Employers Should Not Depend on Blue Penciling to Enforce Restrictive Covenants

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Illinois is one of several jurisdictions that recognizes the authority of courts to blue pencil or judicially modify otherwise unenforceable restrictive covenants to be enforceable. See, e.g. Weitekamp v. Lane, 250 Ill. App....more

Recent Illinois Developments in Employee Non-Compete and Trade Secret Enforcement Actions: What Every Employer Should Know

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Over the past several months, state and federal courts in Illinois have issued several important decisions that will impact employers’ efforts to enforce post-employment restrictive covenants and protect their trade secrets....more

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