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Florida Non-Compete Agreements

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Frivolous (Trade Secrets) Lawsuits and Greedy (Big Firm) Plaintiff’s Lawyers: A Recent Case from Minnesota

A recent case out of Minnesota raises a number of non-compete and trade secret issues.  Let’s take a look: In 2005, Robert Wilcox was hired as the general manager of ground handling services at Minneapolis St. Paul Airport (“MSP”) for a company called Integrated Airline Services Alliance.  In 2006, Menzies Aviation purchased Integrated.   Menzies bills … Continue reading

Medical Equipment Industry Remains a Hotbed of Non-Compete Litigation

Call it a trend.  These days, non-compete litigation is everywhere:   All across the country and in every industry imaginable.  Some industries generate more non-compete litigation than others.  And perhaps no industry has more non-compete litigation than the healthcare industry.   In any field that is remotely connected to healthcare or medicine, you will find widespread use … Continue reading

Elevator Sales Company and Former Employee in Interesting Non-Compete Fight

Strangely enough, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida has become a hotbed of non-compete litigation.  That may simply be a product of national trends:  As Dow Jones recently reported, companies are becoming increasingly aggressive on the non-compete front.  More and more companies are requiring employees to sign non-compete, non-disclosure and … Continue reading

Non-Compete Fight in the World of Surgical Robotics: MAKO Surgical Sues Competitor, Former Employee

Fort Lauderdale-based MAKO Surgical Corporation has filed a lawsuit against a former employee, Jeffrey Gellman, and his new company, Blue Belt Technologies, Inc., alleging the parties conspired to steal MAKO’s confidential information and clients. MAKO is a company that is principally engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of robotic surgical systems.  These systems use … 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

DOJ Sues eBay for Non-Compete Pact

On Friday, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against eBay accusing the company of entering a non-compete pact with software maker Intuit.  Under the terms of the alleged secret deal, both companies agreed to refrain from recruiting or hiring each other’s employees.  According to the DOJ, both companies aggressively policed their respective workforces to … Continue reading

Boston Area Dentists in Non-Compete Controversy

Interesting non-compete news out of Weymouth, Massachusetts (a small city about twenty miles south of Boston).   Back in September 2009, a Boston-area dentist Gerald Maher sold his practice to a newly formed company called Dental Wellness.  As part of the transaction, Maher agreed (1) to refrain from practicing dentistry within a 15-mile radius of Dental … Continue reading

Healthcare Sector Non-Competes Continue to Harm the Public

In today’s America, non-compete agreements have become ubiquitous.  Everybody has one.  The wine salesman.  The disc jockey.  The advertising executive.  Even the maid.  One of the most obscene examples of the widespread use (and abuse) of non-compete agreements is that of non-competes in the healthcare industry. Many doctors are either driven out of town – … Continue reading

Florida Non-Compete Agreements: Customers vs. Suppliers

In Florida, non-compete agreements are governed by Florida Statute 542.335.   The statute indicates that non-compete agreements can only be used to protect legitimate business interests.  Although the Statute does not claim to be exhaustive, it does spell out a number of such interests.  These interests include relationships with customers.  In characteristic fashion, many companies suing … Continue reading

Florida Non-Compete Agreements: When You Should Sue First

Most of the calls I receive in my Fort Lauderdale office are from people who have just received a cease and desist letter from a law firm that represents their former employer.  You know the story.  They worked for one company, moved on to another company and are now being accused of violating their non-compete … Continue reading

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