Broker Protocol – always changing

All – no surprise here, but a few of the big financial houses have decided they don’t like to share.  I know, shocking right? According to www.thinkadvisor.com  Morgan Stanley and UBS may have left the Protocol for Broker Recruiting, but Merrill Lynch says it is staying put. Meanwhile, Wells Fargo says it remains undecided about whether it will stay or go….[Read More]

State v. Federal Trade Secret Laws (Virginia Trade Secret Act, Uniform Trade Secret Act and Defend Trade Secret Act)

For years I have advised Virginia employees to calm down when it comes down to Trade Secret issues.  Well, I hope I haven’t been that passive aggressive in my advice. My intent has always been to provide employees with a simplified understanding of what their legal rights and obligations are regarding their employer’s trade secrets….[Read More]

Ahh, the emails tell the story

Today most major newspapers have headlines regarding the President’s son and his email exchange with a British tabloid journalist, arranging a meeting with a Kremlin connected attorney from Russia.  Yes, it sounds like a soap opera – but I truly don’t care about the content or context of the emails (well, at least not for…[Read More]

What Amazon employees and print journalists have in common – egregious non-compete agreements – Business Litigation Podcast

Good morning from Virginia – where non-competes flourish to the detriment to employees, competition and capitalism. (Fun statement to type, one I believe but is rather controversial).  If you would like to spend a few minutes hearing my comments on non-competes in Virginia, and the likelihood of change soon – enjoy the above 11 min…[Read More]

Even smart people are dumb – #noncompetes #jobsecurity Google v. Uber

Forgive me, I use hashtags ironically.  And this morning, after having read yet another article  about the ongoing trade secret litigation between Google and Uber, respectively.  This is not a surprising scenario, but as alleged we have the following players: Company 1 (Google) has long term employee (we will call him Bozo) who helps Company 1…[Read More]

Lock Up Workers – Legally

The New York Times recently published an editorial on non-compete agreements titled, “Agreements That Lock Up Workers, Legally.”  You can read the editorial here. The editorial lays out why unfair non-compete agreements make our country less competitive and less innovative but the most striking information for me is that 28 million people are now subject…[Read More]

Do Non-competes destroy lives?

Do non-competes destroy lives? Are they moral? Legal? This seems to be a good week to engage in that conversation. Listen to my rant on whether non-competes are moral – here: INC.Com article:  https://www.inc.com/suzanne-lucas/your-non-competes-arent-saving-your-business-they-are-destroying-lives.html New York Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/13/business/noncompete-clauses.html   What do you think?

I Absolutely Hate Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Agreements

I know…I know, I ‘ve said it before but non-competes are horrible and make America less competitive and stifle innovation and entrepreneurship, and they always hurt the little guys! Take a few moments from your day and read this article from the New York Times.  The title, “Companies Compete but Won’t Let Their Workers Do…[Read More]