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Noncompete

A provision in a number of employment contracts that prohibits an employee from working for a competing firm for a specified number of years after the employee leaves the firm.

Noncompete

Describing a clause in many employment contracts forbidding an employee from working for another firm that competes with the employer for a certain number of years after the termination of the contract. A noncompete clause may have a geographic limit. For example, a dentist who goes to work for corporate dental practice may sign a noncompete clause forbidding him from working for a competing dental practice within 25 miles for five years after the completion of the contract.
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Gale, Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Litigation with Cozen O'Connor, will speak at The Knowledge Group's webcast entitled: "Trade Secrets Law and Non-Compete Agreements: Trends and Updates for Companies to Avoid Litigation Pitfalls." This event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 08, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET).
Non-compete case law can be complicated, but there are some simple parameters.
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For anyone who is not an executive, a non-compete clause means the company doesn't care about your career growth the moment you step out of the door.
In 2016, the Utah Legislature took an aggressive step in limiting non-compete agreements.
Clair Circuit Court in Illinois, alleged breach of fiduciary duty, violation of a non-compete covenant and civil conspiracy, among other things.
In a merger or acquisition (MandA) where a company purchases either the assets or shares of stock of a competing company, the buyer usually insists the inclusion of a non-compete clause that prohibits the seller from engaging in any business that competes with the buyer.
Instead, language should be specific and outline why the non-compete agreement is essential to protect your legitimate business interests and how a breach of the contract would exceed ordinary competition that a stranger could provide.
Time will tell, but in either case, the non-compete agreement has once again become a topic of conversation in lighting.
A non-compete that unduly restricts trade or livelihood likely wouldn't be enforceable anywhere.
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Deval Patrick and the venture capital firms that back startups in the state when the Legislature declined to ban non-compete agreements.
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