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Jonathan Pollard

Jonathan Pollard has written 83 posts for the non-compete blog

It’s Time to Abolish Employee Non-Compete Agreements

Employee non-compete agreements are pretty much bullshit. And it’s time we get rid of them, with perhaps a few very limited exceptions. This is not an unstudied opinion. Rather, it’s my opinion. I began my career doing proper antitrust work at Boies, Schiller & Flexner and then became an authority on non-compete defense in Florida … Continue reading

Waymo Struggling in Trade Secret Fight v. Uber

To sum up the latest chapter of the Waymo v. Uber trade secret litigation: Waymo basically embarrasses itself.  Uber pretty much wins. Let’s take a look: Waymo / Uber Background Waymo is a technology company focused on self-driving cars. It’s a Google spin-off.  Uber is, well, Uber. Anthony Levandowski (“AL”) was one of Waymo’s star engineers. … Continue reading

Monopolists & Non-Compete Agreements

Let’s beat the same drum but only this time, take it a step further: Widespread Ignorance About Non-Competes & Antitrust   Certain practitioners and judges have absolutely no understanding of the antitrust principles upon which non-compete law is based.  True story:  I was in a hearing in front a federal judge who I will not … Continue reading

9th Circuit: Non-Competes Subject to Antitrust Analysis

I’ve been saying it for years:  Non-compete agreements are restraints of trade and are subject to antitrust scrutiny.  The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit agrees. Before the court can consider whether or not there has been a breach of an agreement not to compete, it first must evaluate the propriety of … Continue reading

Wells Fargo Denied Injunction, Constructive Trust Against Former Brokers

A team of insurance brokers left Wells Fargo, probably took $6.5 million in business with them and managed not to get enjoined.  But they might be toast in the end and owe Wells Fargo lots of money.  Let’s take a look: Case Background  Joshua Tyndell, William Dineen, H. Keith McNally, Thomas Blue, and Erin Repp … Continue reading

6th Circuit Upholds Jury Verdict on Forever Non-Compete Under Ohio Law

FOR-EV-ER.  Remember The Sandlot?  That’s what we’re talking about here.  FOR-EV-ER. A recent decision out of Michigan and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reminds us that some non-competes can last forever and that jury instructions are incredibly important. Let’s take a look: In 1947, Fred Barton developed a radiator stop leak … Continue reading

SDFL Denies Injunction in Non-Compete Fight Over Client Ernst & Young

A recent case out of the Southern District of Florida provides important guidance into the limits of non-compete agreements under Florida law. The case is one of the most comprehensive Florida non-compete decisions of the past several years, whether in state or federal court. Let’s take a look: IDMWorks is a company that specializes in … Continue reading

AAMCO Loses Non-Compete Case Against Pro Se Former Franchisee

Let that sink in: AAMCO sued two former franchisees, a husband and wife couple, for breaching a non-compete agreement. AAMCO was represented in the litigation by a team of lawyers from three law firms. And they lost to two pro se litigants. Let’s take a look: AAMCO is a franchisor of transmission repair centers based … Continue reading

More Non-Compete Nonsense: Journalist Fired in Non-Compete Debacle

Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran a story about non-compete agreements making it difficult for younger journalists to get new jobs and move up in the news world. The article focused substantially on a young journalist named Stephanie Russell-Kraft who moved from Law360 to Thomson Reuters. Shortly after beginning work at Thomson Reuters, her … Continue reading

Florida 5th DCA Says Referral Relationships Not Protectable

A recent case out of Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeals raises important raises important issues related to physician non-compete agreements. Let’s take a look: Before addressing the specifics of this case, some context is necessary: Agreements not to compete are restraints of trade. In any non-compete case, there are two lenses: restraint of trade … Continue reading

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