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10/24/2018
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How One Missing Non-Compete Provision Cost Employer Millions

A recent decision from a federal appeals court illustrates how a former employer still won big after employees left in droves with clients in tow

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8/8/2018
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What's the Worst That Can Happen if You Ignore an Injunction?

A June 25, 2018 Order from a Federal Appeals Court serves as a sharp reminder what can happen if you ignore a trial court's injunctive order

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7/23/2018
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Judge Crafts Creative Solution In Issuing TRO on Non-Compete

In a June 29, 2018 ruling, a NY County judge issued a creative, Solomonic ruling that balanced the former employer need for a TRO with plaintiff's need to work

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7/18/2018
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New Damages Rule for Trade Secret, Unjust Enrichment Claims

In May, 2018, NY's Court of Appeals altered the rules on how a plaintiff can prove damages in a trade secret theft or unjust enrichment claim. It's a big deal.

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6/12/2018
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Why Workforce Mobility Act's Noncompete Ban Fails - Badly

Congress's recently proposed Workforce Mobility Act which, if adopted would presumptively outlaw non-competes nationwide, is doomed to fail. Here's why.

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6/5/2018
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One Area Where Courts Will Favor - and Enforce - Noncompetes

Although, as a general rule, courts disfavor enforcing non-competes, there is one glaring exception to that rule - the area of franchise agreements

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5/14/2018
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Is PA Going to Join States Banning Non-Competes?

PA's House Bill 1938, which was introduced a number of months ago, seeks to ban nearly all non-competes, and to prevent employers from contracting around it

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5/10/2018
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Vermont Draft Bill Seeks to Outlaw Nearly All Non-Competes

Vermont Draft Bill H.556 seeks to ban non-competes, other than limited circumstances, such as the sale of a business or the dissolution of a partnership

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5/3/2018
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In Rare Move, Court Strikes Down Non-Compete From the Get-Go

It's not every day that you see a court strike down a non-compete in its entirety - and certainly not before discovery. Yet that's precisely what this Court did

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3/6/2018
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When Case Developments Make You Look Smarter Than You Are

3 weeks ago, I wrote that IBM's lawsuit against Microsoft was "inane," and should be settled by briefly sidelining Ms. McIntyre. That's exactly what happened

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3/6/2018
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NJ Bill Proposes Very Strict Limits on Non-Competes

A few months ago, NJ's legislature proposed some of the strictest limits on non-compete agreements in the country. These bills do raise lots of questions.

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2/13/2018
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Why Yesterday's IBM v. Microsoft Non-Compete Suit is Inane

Yesterday, IBM sued Microsoft for poaching its chief diversity officer, Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, in violation of her non-compete with IBM. The lawsuit is inane.

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2/12/2018
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Why This Proposed Non-Compete Legislation is So Misguided

A new proposed bill seeking to outlaw non-compete agreements in limited circumstances is terribly misguided, explains NY non-compete attorney Jonathan Cooper

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1/24/2018
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With Non-Competes, Choose to Win the War, Not the Battle

Following a two-day hearing in a bet-the-business case, we successfully resolved a non-compete case for our clients by focusing on their long-term plans

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12/12/2017
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PA Court: Noncompete Only Starts to Run from Injunction

In a huge decision, a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled that the clock on a former employee's non-compete started to run from the date of the court's injunction

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12/12/2017
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No, My Firm's Fees on Noncompetes Are Not an Opening Bid

In law, just as in any other business, it's important to know when to push a client away. And that's precisely what happened to me yesterday. And I was happy.

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11/3/2017
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When Employees Can (& Can't) Be Forced to Sign a Non-Compete

Different jurisdictions follow different competing policy arguments as to why (or why not) existing employees can be compelled to sign a non-compete

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11/3/2017
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Can a Doctor Be Held to a Non-Compete in New York?

For years now, there has been great disagreement between the various states as to whether patient choice should trump a doctor's non-compete agreement

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8/15/2017
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NY Federal Judge Lays Out Blueprint to Defeat a Non-Compete

In an epic takedown of a company's claim that departing employees violated their non-competes, a NY Federal judge laid out a blueprint for how to beat them.

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8/8/2017
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8th Cir.: Independent Contractor's Non-Compete Went Too Far

A hot off the presses decision from a Federal appeals court in Iowa held an independent contractor's non-compete was manifestly unreasonable, dismissing the case

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7/1/2017
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The Biggest Mistake You Can Make When Negotiating Contracts

There is one, overriding, all-encompassing, unfortunate mistake that companies & individuals miss when negotiating contracts - and it's largely avoidable.

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5/15/2017
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The Noncompete Case Had Huge Holes. It Almost Didn't Matter

One of the most frequently overlooked aspects of a lawsuit is that fundamental question as to how likeable - or un-likeable - a client is to a court or jury

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5/9/2017
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Court: Just Because Non-Compete Says It Doesn't Make it So

A recent decision from a Massachusetts trial court declining to issue a TRO barring a former employee from taking a new job is instructive for employers

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3/31/2017
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Can Existing Employees Be Forced to Sign Non-Competes in NY?

The answer as to whether an employer can force their employees to sign a non-compete mid-stream is a bit complicated, and depends on your jurisdiction

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3/30/2017
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3 Best Ways to Protect Trade Secrets When Employees Resign

There are 3 practical, easily implemented strategies for protecting your trade secrets against unfair use by competitors, explains Jonathan Cooper

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