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Virginia Noncompete, Formed After Termination of Employment, Upheld as Reasonable

Not all noncompete agreements in Virginia are subject to the restrictive rules governing noncompete agreements formed between employers and employees. Noncompete agreements entered into between two sophisticated parties outside of the employment context may be governed by the less-restrictive standards...

Pennsylvania Superior Court Requires Additional Consideration For Non-Compete From Current Employee

by Jami K. Suver The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently ruled in Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, Inc. , that non-compete agreements signed during employment are not enforceable unless the employer provides its employee additional consideration in exchange for signing [ an enhanced version...

Two All-Beef Patties, Special Sauce … and a Noncompete?

While the law of noncompete agreements is state-specific, generally you need three things to enforce such an agreement: reasonableness as to the duration of the agreement, reasonableness as to its geographical scope, and reasonableness as to the interest the employer is attempting to protect. So, what’s...

States With Pro-Employee Laws: Consideration For Noncompete Can't Be Continued Employment

Florida, like some other states, allow unscrupulous employers to present noncompete agreements to existing employees and say, "Sign or be fired." What does the employee get for agreeing not to work for a competitor for a year or two? Continued employment. That's it. The effects of this...

Customer Lists and Pricing Information Aren't Necessarily Confidential

When an employee has signed an enforceable non-competition and non-solicitation agreement, he will be prohibited from soliciting the employer's customers for a certain length of time after the employment relationship ends. In the absence of an express non-competition clause, a former employee is...