A recent decision by the Georgia Court of Appeals, Holland Ins. Group, LLC v. Senior Life Ins. Co., 766 S.E.2d 187 (Nov. 20, 2014), includes several excellent reminders regarding the enforceability (and unenforceability) of restrictive covenants in Georgia.

Relevant Facts and Holding

William Holland and Senior Life Insurance Company entered into an agreement (“Agreement”) authorizing Holland to sell Senior
Continue Reading Appellate Court Re-Affirms Key Aspects of Georgia Non-Compete Law

Non-compete agreements are widely used by employers in certain industry sectors in China to protect their trade secrets and confidential information.

In China, employers may require the employee to continue to perform the non-compete obligation and pay liquidated damages in accordance with the non-compete agreement after breach occurs.

In the past, however, the following uncertainties could impede the employer from
Continue Reading Shanghai Courts Provide Additional Relief to Employers for Breach of Non-Compete Agreements

In a well-written recent opinion concerning violation of both a confidentiality/non-compete agreement and a preliminary injunction, a federal judge explained in detail why she was awarding liquidated damages, entering a permanent injunction, and assessing legal fees.

Summary of the Case

Two financial planners, one an individual and the other a corporation, negotiated a merger of their businesses.  Before being provided
Continue Reading Liquidated Damages, A Permanent Injunction, and Attorneys’ Fees Awarded For Violating Non-Disclosure/Non-Compete Agreement And Preliminary Injunction

By Rebecca Woods

In the most recent ruling in long-running litigation styled AMG National Trust Bank v. Ries, NO. 06-CV4337, 09-cv-3061 (E.D. Pa.) (decided Dec. 29, 2011), the Eastern District of Pennsylvania partially granted the defendant Stephen Ries’s motion for summary judgment, jettisoning the plaintiff’s breach of fiduciary duty claims and plaintiff’s request for liquidated damages, but permitting the

Continue Reading Pennsylvania Federal Court Salvages Customer Lists as Basis for UTSA Claim, But Shreds Liquidated Damages Provision and Rejects Fiduciary Claim

By Paul Freehling

The national CPA firm of Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. (“MHM”), based in Missouri, scored a major victory when the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court’s injunctions and liquidated damages award of $1,369,921 against four former stockholder-employees in Minnesota. The injunctions prohibited them from soliciting MJM’s clients, directed them and their employees to make their office

Continue Reading Injunctive Relief and a Substantial Monetary Judgment Awarded to National CPA Firm Against Former Employees Who Breached Non-Compete Agreements