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Why It's a Bad Idea to Break a Non-Compete With Help From Your Mistress

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There are so many morals to this particular story, that it's truly hard to know where to begin.

A former employee/co-owner of one construction company and his mistress were sued for allegedly poaching the company's clients by deceiving those clients into believing that the company was now doing business under a different, albeit remarkably similar, name. According to the lawsuit, the mere fact that this other company was operational was in violation of his non-compete agreement.

Perhaps the biggest - and important - part to the story, however is this: the former employee was married to the head of the company bringing the lawsuit, and this mistress was purportedly behind the break-up of their marriage.

As I stated at the beginning of this blog piece, when trying to decide how many bad decisions the defendants made here, it's truly hard to know where to start. Suffice it to say, colluding to poach your ex-wife's clients with your new mistress is a particularly bad idea, if for no reason (and, at the risk of staing the blatantly obvious) other than your ex is far more likely to come after you in a court of law than any other former employer



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