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Recapping the Latest Blue Belt Tech. Non-Compete Dispute (This Time vs. Stryker)

Pittsburgh-based Blue Belt Technologies, an emerging player in the medical device and medical technology industry, continues to find itself at the center of non-compete disputes.   Earlier this year, Blue Belt clashed with MAKO Surgical, a rival in the surgical robotics industry, after Blue Belt hired former MAKO sales executive Jeffrey Gellman.  This time, Blue Belt, … Continue reading

Fisher/Unitech (Basically) Loses Non-Compete Fight Against Former Sales Exec

Call it a trend.  A number of recent cases from across the country suggest that courts are pushing back against overzealous attempts to enforce non-compete agreements against salespeople.  One of the latest examples comes out of the Illinois. In September 2010, Rodger Reaume began working in sales for Fisher/Unitech, a major reseller of computer animated … Continue reading

Devicor, Major Player in Medical Device Industry, Loses Non-Compete Case Against Former Employee

Devicor Medical Products, a major player in the medical device industry, has lost its bid to prevent a former employee from working for Hologic, a company with divisions that compete against Devicor in the breast biopsy product market. In June 2005, Keith Reed began work as a sales representative for Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Devicor’s predecessor.  In … Continue reading

Restaurant Industry Giant Landry’s Sues Former Employee & Rival Restaurant Company

Landry’s Restaurants, the Houston-based company that owns more than 40 restaurant chains and 400 properties including restaurants, hotels and casinos, has sued a former employee for breaching a non-compete agreement.  Last week, Landry’s filed suit against Tim Kohler, who formerly served as director of operations for Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse, the highly-acclaimed steakhouse with locations … 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

Former Sales Rep Beats Dentsply in First Round of Non-Compete Fight

It can be difficult to discuss trends in non-compete litigation, particularly from a national perspective, given that non-compete agreements are governed by state law.  Although many states utilize similar tests for evaluating the enforceability of such agreements, there can be tremendous variation from one state to another.  That said, a number of recent cases from … Continue reading

Race to California Courthouse Fails in Recent Non-Compete Dispute

In the world of non-compete litigation, it is well-known that employee non-compete agreements are unenforceable under California law.  As a result, when a non-compete dispute has any ties to California, we often witness the proverbial race to the courthouse.  In essence, the former employee facing the possible lawsuit will seek to file first by bringing … Continue reading

Texas Court of Appeals Strikes Down Cardiologist Non-Compete Agreement on Public Interest Grounds

Last week, the Texas Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court order finding a physician non-compete agreement unenforceable as against public policy.  Although Texas has no outright ban on physician non-compete agreements (like Massachusetts or Alabama), the decision suggests that Texas courts may be willing to invalidate physician non-compete agreements where there is evidence of … Continue reading

More Non-Compete Litigation in the Broadcasting Industry

Over the past few years, non-compete litigation in the broadcasting industry has become increasingly common.  A recent case out of Birmingham, Alabama continues that trend.  On Monday, Citadel Broadcasting (a subsidiary of Cumulus Media) filed a lawsuit against Ryan Haney, who formerly served as program director for Citadel’s Birmingham sports talk radio station, WJOX 94.5 … Continue reading

Prominent North Carolina Doctor Wins First Round of Non-Compete Fight

A recent North Carolina non-compete case has pitted one of the nation’s largest allergy clinics against one of North Carolina’s most respected physicians.  Earlier this month, Charlotte-based Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center (CAAC) filed a lawsuit against one of its former doctors, Dr. Maeve O’Connor.  Dr. O’Connor has joined the practice back in 2003 and … Continue reading

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