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New York Noncompete, Trade Secret & School Negligence Blog

This blog by the six-time published author Jonathan Cooper, is intended to educate the general public about issues of interest, particularly innovations and changes in the law, in the areas of non-compete agreements, breach of contract matters, school negligence (and/or negligent supervision), construction accidentsslip and/or trip and fall accidentsauto accidents, and, of course, defective or dangerous products

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5/22/2019
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Is Selective Enforcement a Valid Defense in a Noncompete Case?

When departing employees are hit with a cease and desist, they sound a familiar refrain: "But they let Joe go without any problem!" But does that matter?

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5/14/2019
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WA State's Bill Restricting Non-Competes Becomes Law

Effective January 1, 2020, Washington State's non-compete agreements are undergoing a major overhaul. Some are outlawed, others restricted, and more.

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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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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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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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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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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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8/23/2016
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Is a Non-Solicit Clause Synonymous with a Non-Compete?

In a hot-off-the-presses decision striking down a noncompete, a Wisconsin appeals court broadens the term far beyond how it's been understood elsewhere, like NY

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3/30/2016
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How One State Nails Employers Who Go Too Far on Non-Competes

One State just passed legislation that truly sticks it to employers who are overly aggressive with their non-competes, explains NY attorney Jonathan Cooper

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12/15/2015
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How Pennsylvania's Noncompete Laws Differ from New York's

A 2014 decision issued from one of Pennsylvania's appellate courts highlights a critical difference with New York regarding non-competes, says Jonathan Cooper

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11/11/2015
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How Smart Companies Protect More By Narrowing Non-Competes

A Suffolk County trial court decision highlights how smart companies can protect more of their proprietary information by narrowing their non-competes

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