On October 12, 2023, the Wisconsin legislature introduced Assembly Bill 481, which proposes the ban of employee non-compete agreements in the Badger State. Currently, employee non-compete agreements in Wisconsin are allowed if limited to a specified territory, a specified time, and only if the “restrictions imposed are reasonably necessary for the protection of the employer or principal.” Wis. Stat.Continue Reading Wisconsin Legislature Proposes Joining Other States in Ban of Non-Compete Agreements
Earlier this fall, the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts transferred an employee’s declaratory judgment action to the Eastern District of Michigan pursuant to a forum-selection clause in a non-compete agreement over the employee’s argument that he had signed the agreement under duress because he was not told he would need to sign it until he had already spent the money and traveled all the way from India to the United States. The court also used the value of the employee’s annual salary, not just the damages the former employee was seeking to recover, to determine whether the minimum threshold for diversity jurisdiction had been satisfied, because his former employer was seeking to enforce his non-compete and keep him out of work. The case is Kurra v. Synergy Computer Solutions, Inc., No. 15-cv-13952-ADB (D. Mass.).
Continue Reading Federal Court Rejects Foreign Employee’s Attempt to Avoid Forum Selection Clause on Grounds He Signed Under Duress Upon Arriving in U.S.
In a recent opinion, the Supreme Court of Nevada refused to adopt the “blue pencil” doctrine when it ruled that an unreasonable provision in a non-compete agreement rendered the entire agreement unenforceable. “Blue penciling” refers to a court’s willingness to strike unreasonable clauses from a non-compete agreement, leaving the rest of the agreement to be enforced; or to modify the…
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On Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. Central, Robert Milligan, James McNairy and Joshua Salinas will present the fifth installment in our 2015 Trade Secrets Webinar Series. They will focus on recent legal developments in California trade secret and non-compete law and how it is similar to and diverse from other jurisdictions, including: a discussion of the California Uniform…
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Trade Secrets 2011 Webinar Series – The Anatomy of a Trade Secret Audit: Is the Data That Drives Your Company Adequately Protected?
May 25, 2011
10:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific
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With the economy recovering in some sectors,…
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