We are thrilled to announce the release of the Chambers Trade Secrets 2024 Global Practice Guide, a comprehensive resource providing the latest insights and legal updates in the field of trade secrets law. Authored by leading experts in the industry, including Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s very own Robert Milligan and Dawn Mertineit, this guide is an invaluable tool for professionals navigating

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Dawn Mertineit, partner in Seyfarth’s Trade Secrets, Non-Competes & Data Privacy practice, authored an article titled, “The FTC’s non-compete ban: What to know and how to respond” on International Employment Lawyer.

Another notable limitation is contained in the final rule’s definition of a non-compete. Non-competes do not include clauses that only prohibit a worker from accepting work or operating a

Continue Reading Dawn Mertineit’s Article on FTC Non-Compete Ban Published by International Employment Lawyer

On April 23, 2024, the FTC announced its Final Non-Compete Clause Rule (“Final Rule”), which bans post-employment non-compete clauses between employers and their workers. The Final Rule becomes effective 120 days after being published in the Federal Register (Effective Date).[1] As of the date of this paper, the Final Rule has not been published in the Federal Register.

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Continue Reading FTC Non-Compete Ban: What You Need to Know

This afternoon, the FTC voted to adopt a proposed final rule banning most non-competes with workers in the United States. The final rule provides that it is an unfair method of competition—and therefore a violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act—for employers to enter into non-competes with workers. The Commission found that non-competes tend to negatively affect competitive conditions

Continue Reading FTC Approves Rule Banning Non-Competes With Workers

Welcome, readers. We are at a pivotal juncture in the realm of non-compete law. Today, we will be providing real-time coverage of a consequential Federal Trade Commission (FTC) meeting. This is not just an ordinary meeting; it’s a crucial dialogue on non-compete agreements, with an anticipated announcement of a final rule that could potentially ban most non-competes with workers.

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Continue Reading Insight into the FTC’s Proposed Final Rule Potentially Banning Non-Competes: Live Blogging Event

We invite you to watch our webinar, the second installment of the Commercial Litigation Outlook series, titled “Navigating Legal Minefields: Insights on Restrictive Covenants, eDiscovery, and Privacy Compliance.” Our panel, consisting of Rebecca Woods, Dawn Mertineit, James Yu, Jason Priebe, and Matthew Christoff, dissected the ever-evolving world of non-competes and trade secrets.

Here are the key takeaways from the webinar:

Continue Reading Webinar Recap! Navigating Legal Minefields: Insights from Seyfarth’s 2024 Commercial Litigation Outlook

As we reported at the end of February, Maine’s House of Representatives voted for a non-compete ban that would have invalidated virtually all such agreements in the state. In March, the Senate passed the bill, sending it to Governor Mills’s desk. Despite what looked like another victory for opponents of non-competes, Governor Mills vetoed the proposed ban, just as Governor

Continue Reading Update: Maine Governor Vetoes Non-Compete Ban

Seyfarth proudly announced the annual installment of our Commercial Litigation Outlook and Webinar Series, featuring insights about litigation issues and trends to expect in 2024 from our nationally recognized team. The Trade Secrets practice group is pleased to present its 2024 outlook piece, “Guarding Secrets: Navigating the Shifting Landscape of Restrictive Covenants in 2024,” available here, along with a

Continue Reading Navigating Legal Minefields: Insights from Seyfarth’s 2024 Commercial Litigation Outlook

It should come as no surprise to readers of our blog that restrictive covenants are facing significant headwinds. The last decade or so has seen significant limitations on such agreements—mainly non-competes, but also other restrictive covenants such as customer and employee non-solicits and even non-disclosure agreements. These limitations—or proposed limitations—have come in a variety of forms; for example, many

Continue Reading Is Maine the Next Frontier in the Effort to Ban Non-Competes?

In 2023, Seyfarth’s Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Compete practice group presented a series of dynamic and insightful CLE webinars, addressing pivotal challenges confronting businesses head-on. The breadth of our discussions encompassed a spectrum of critical topics:

  1. FTC Proposes Rule Banning Use of Non-Competes. Now What?
  2. 2022 Trade Secrets & Non-Competes Year in Review
  3. Commercial Litigation Outlook: Insights and Predictions for Litigation Trends in 2023
  4. NLRB and Restrictive Covenants: Trends in Employment Confidentiality
  5. Managing Trade Secrets in a Remote Work Environment
  6. What Employers Need to Know Regarding Non-Compete Changes in 2023

To conclude our impactful 2023 webinar series, we’ve carefully compiled key takeaways from each session. If you missed any sessions, recordings are available on our blog or through the provided links. We’re excited to share that Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit is attainable by watching the webinar recordings. For CLE credit inquiries, please email cle@seyfarth.com after viewing the webinar.Continue Reading 2023 Trade Secrets Webinar Series Recap: Key Takeaways and Access to Recordings