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Non-Compete Agreements

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National Non-Compete Update – March 2018

IBM & Its Diversity Trade Secrets: IBM had sued its former Chief Diversity Officer for moving to Microsoft and breaching a non-compete agreement. At issue: IBM claimed that Lindsay Rae McIntyre was privy to “trade secrets” regarding IBM’s efforts to promote and retain diverse talent. I call bullshit. Somewhat shockingly, the SDNY issued a temporary … Continue reading

Reevaluating Non-Compete Agreements in the Auto Sales Industry (yes, AutoNation)

It’s time to take a hard look at non-compete agreements in the car business. Let’s use an example: AutoNation, the Fort-Lauderdale-based car industry giant and Fortune 500 company. For the past twenty years or more, AutoNation has had a field day filing weak non-compete lawsuits. AutoNation files these cases in its backyard, the United States … Continue reading

Exiled LLC Member Wins Declaratory Judgment and $1 Million in Wrongful Expulsion & Non-Compete Dispute

Question: When two members of a privately held LLC get together and conspire to wrongfully expel the third member, what is the worst possible course of action they can take? Answer: Insist that the wrongfully expelled member is STILL a member and is bound by a non-compete, then litigate the matter until the bitter end. … 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

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

Stryker Losing Non-Compete Fight in Michigan (It’s Getting Ugly)

A very important decision out of the Western District of Michigan touches upon several important aspects of non-compete litigation and particularly non-compete defense. Not surprisingly, the case pits Stryker against a former sales rep. Stryker, as many folks know, is notorious for aggressively enforcing its non-compete agreements. Let’s take a look: Christopher Ridgeway was hired … Continue reading

Eighth Circuit Weighs in on Assignment of Non-Competes

A recent case out of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit raises some interesting issues related to assignment of employee non-compete agreements.  Let’s take a look: Brandon Tipton, Michael Gilbert and Steven Padgett all worked for Treadway Electric Company in Arkansas.  Treadway was a distributor of electrical supplies and equipment. As … Continue reading

Non-Competes & Disintermediation (Cutting Out the Middle Man) – A Recent Case from NJ

A recent case out of the District of New Jersey addresses disintermediation as a legitimate business interest in the non-compete context.   Disintermediation is just a technical term for cutting out the middle-man. Let’s take a look: CarePoint Health Management Associates is a New Jersey hospital system. UpStream Healthcare Management Associates is a hospital management company … Continue reading

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