Untitled-1On June 11, 2015, Alabama’s Governor signed into law legislation that revises the state’s non-compete statute, which is found in Section 8-1-1 of the Code of Alabama.  The effective date for these changes is January 1, 2016.  As summarized below, these revisions represent the Alabama legislature’s attempt to “clarity” portions of the non-compete statute by codifying several recent judicial
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A few months ago, we reported on a federal court decision in the Southern District of Alabama declining to enforce a non-compete and non-solicitation agreement against a former employee who executed the agreement before he began his employment. Last week, a panel of the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the District Court’s decision in an unpublished opinion.

As we reported following
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By Bob Stevens and Dan Hart

For many in Alabama, the holiday season does not end until after the college football national championship game, which has featured one of the state’s two top college football programs (the Auburn University Tigers and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide) for each of the five past years. While not quite as exciting as
Continue Reading Federal Court in Alabama Rules That Non-Compete Signed Prior to Employment is Void

A recent Alabama federal court decision discusses how to determine the “amount in controversy” when a state court trade secret misappropriation case is removed to federal court based on diversity of citizenship, but the complaint is silent as to the amount of damages demanded.

In order to place a value on the allegedly misappropriated trade secrets, courts take into account
Continue Reading Alabama Federal Court Issues Decision Regarding Measuring The “Amount In Controversy” When The Plaintiff’s State Court Trade Secret Misappropriation Complaint Is Silent As To The Amount Of Damages And The Defendant Removes The Case To Federal Court