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ANOTHER EMPLOYEE VICTORY IN VIRGINIA

If you are an employee or employer in Virginia who wants to know the latest news on Virginia employment contract and tort cases, you should follow a blog written by PCT Law Group in Northern Virginia. While I suspect they do more work for companies than we do, they publish a most relevant summary of…[Read More]

WHAT IF YOU DON’T HAVE A NON-COMPETE

Get this question all the time: Q: “I can compete right? I never signed a non-compete,” caller inquires. A: I try to explain that yes, you may be able to compete, there are some things you can’t do by law, regardless of your employment contract. Q: “Ugh – like what kind of stuff?”(imagine client like…[Read More]

VIRGINIA CODE/ STATUTE ON NON-COMPETES

We get the following question, search query, google question all the time: WHAT DOES THE VIRGINIA CODE SAY ABOUT NON-COMPETES. I could lie and say that in section 8.01-5329046 the Virginia Code says:    “Non-compete agreements are to be disfavored in Virginia… unless of course the employee was a jerk and took some stuff she…[Read More]

EMPLOYEES RIGHTS AND TRADE SECRETS

Virginia employees are sometimes surprised to know, that even without a written employment contract, they are not allowed to use, take, or copy the confidential trade secret information of their employers. No really. Its against the law to take their private information. And when you leave your company, and go compete in the same industry,…[Read More]

TRADE SECRETS IN VIRGINIA

Lauren and I represent employees in noncompete and nonsolicitation disputes with employers and we discuss the issues and considerations which arise in those cases on this Blog. Sometimes we represent an employee who, although she never signed a noncompete agreement, is now being sued by her ex-employer for the misappropriation of “trade secrets.” Can they…[Read More]

TRADE SECRETS IN VIRGINIA

I was reviewing an employment agreement the other day, and read a paragraph that stated the employee agreed he/she would not use or disclose the company’s Trade Secret information, for a period of 4 years after the employment ends. Interesting I thought. Why? Because under Virginia law, and specifically a statute – The Trade Secrets Act,…[Read More]

ARE CLIENT LISTS SECRET UNDER VIRGINIA LAW?

Once upon a time, Fred decided he wanted to be his own boss. Fred told his current company, Flintstone manufacturing, he was going to quit. On Fred’s last day of work, he copied Flintstone’s client lists, packed his rock brief case, and scooted home for the weekend. Come Monday morning, Fred is served with papers…[Read More]

EMPLOYEE GETS SUED WITHOUT EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

Bad news. You can be sued by your old employer even if you do not have an employment agreement. It’s true. Most Virginians are unaware that they have certain legal obligations to their employer regardless of whether they have an employment contract. These duties are defined and created either by Virginia Code, or the common…[Read More]

EYE DOCS BATTLE IT OUT OVER CLIENT LISTS

Today is a good day to talk about medical professionals filing lawsuits. Read my Legal Medicine blog to find out what I mean. One such lawsuit was filed in Winchester recently. According to the NVDaily – “The Eye Place at Creekside Ltd. and Michael S. Krimigis have filed suit in Winchester Circuit Court against Ron…[Read More]