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Non-Compete Law

Non-Compete Law

SUING AN EMPLOYEE – BAD BUSINESS DECISION?

Every business, industry and company is unique. I by no means can tell you that companies handle non-competes in the same way, but we do see trends. Ironically, it is the good employees with the solid customer relationships that get sued more often then the terrible employees. Why? Because terrible employees don’t pose a real…[Read More]

LITIGATION MOTIVATION IN NON-COMPETES

I am not a psychologist, despite my best attempts at trying to understand what motivates people. I am however, an observer of human behavior and have seen the following trends in non-compete / employment contract litigation. Situation 1 Litigation occurs when an employee breaks his or her contract, takes secret information and tries to use…[Read More]

NON-COMPETES ARE LIKE SHAKESPEARE

Boy meets girl. Boy and girl love each other.They can’t get married because of family issues. They decide to elope. There is a miscommunication. One dies. The other is most regretful and dies too. Recall the story? Never was there a tale of more woe than that of Juliet and her Romeo?If not, here is…[Read More]

HOW TO AVOID GETTING SUED BY YOUR EX-EMPLOYER

I am a very sensitive person. I like puppies and kittens, rainbows, sappy movies, and I don’t like when nice, good people, do stupid things and end up in Court. Now, selfishly speaking, I make a lot more money helping these nice, good, stupid people defend lawsuits from their old employers, then I do by…[Read More]

HOW TO AVOID GETTING SUED OVER YOUR NON-COMPETE

There are a few tricks we like to share with our clients when it comes to employment litigation. Best way to avoid litigation: Do NOT sign a Non-compete agreement. Even that does not prevent all litigation as employees have other non-contractual duties they will sometimes breach. Second best way to avoid litigation: Don’t breach your…[Read More]

2009 A YEAR IN REVIEW — VIRGINIA NON-COMPETE LAW

New Years is a great time to evaluate the past year and consider how it will impact us in the future. So let us begin this examination / evaluation, by looking at legal trends in the Commonwealth.Did Courts get tougher on non-compete cases?Were there more non-compete cases stuck in litigation? Sadly, I have no way…[Read More]

HOW TO GET AROUND YOUR NON-COMPETE

Many Virginians want to know how they can work around their non-compete. I have had some very creative clients who have thought of unique ways to get around their non-compete agreements. Yes, I mean, compete without it appearing that they are competing. Here are some failed ways to “get around you non-compete.” 1. Start your…[Read More]