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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

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

Physician Non-Compete Agreements and Antitrust

Antitrust claims based on employee non-compete agreements generally fail because the plaintiff cannot establish antitrust standing. In the Eleventh Circuit, the test for antitrust standing requires the plaintiff show (1) antitrust injury and (2) that he or she is an efficient enforcer of the antitrust laws. The first prong – antitrust injury – is satisfied … Continue reading

Non-Compete Nonsense: Louisiana Enforces Non-Competes Against Cardiologists (but not Car Dealers)

A recent case out of the Louisiana Court of Appeal reminds us that some states will enforce physician non-compete agreements, even in the absence of a clear protectable interest and even where such enforcement threatens harm to the public.  But the case does more than that: It forces us to take a hard look at … Continue reading

MDFL Dismisses Auto Repair Antitrust Claims, Eviscerates Plaintiffs’ Lawyers

In 2014, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated a series of antitrust actions and transferred them to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. The Middle District of Florida now presides over the multidistrict litigation entitled In re Auto Body Shop Antitrust Litigation, which includes cases originally filed in fifteen … Continue reading

Merger Discussions & Non-Compete Agreements: A Recent Case from the EDNY

A recent case out of the Eastern District of New York raises interesting questions about the use of non-compete agreements in connection with merger talks. Let’s take a look: Calico Cottage, Inc. is a New York company engaged in the wholesale fudge business. That’s right. Calico sells both the ingredients needed to make fudge, fudge … Continue reading

Eighth Circuit (Practically) Saves Section 1 Sherman Act Claims, Saves Antitrust as We Know It

In the past few months, we have seen a number of decisions involving non-compete issues in the grocery industry— from appellate courts, no less. That trend continues. This case comes out of the Eighth Circuit and involves some of my former colleagues from Boies, Schiller & Flexner. C&S and SuperValu are the two largest grocery … Continue reading

Prominent Florida Chef Sued for Violating Non-Compete Agreement

A recent non-compete dispute in Florida raises questions about the concept of legitimate business interests under Florida law.  Until October, prominent Florida chef Domenica Macchia ran the kitchen at a St. Petersburg restaurant called Three Birds Tavern.  After leaving Three Birds last fall, Macchia became the chef at another local restaurant called Beak’s Old Florida.  … Continue reading

Expecting Mothers Are Latest Victims of Physician Non-Compete Agreements

Recent developments in Pennsylvania provide yet another compelling example of why non-compete agreements in the healthcare sector should be void as against public policy.  In late December, five obstetricians who were affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) gave notice that they intended to leave the system to go work for rival Highmark … Continue reading

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