On November 2, Georgians voted overwhelmingly in favor of updating Georgia’s restrictive covenant law. The new law is codified at O.C.G.A. 13-8-50 et seq. 

The law is not retroactive, so it does not affect existing contracts.  However, for many businesses who have learned that their agreements are not enforceable under Georgia law as it existed previously, now is

Continue Reading New Day in Georgia for Restrictive Covenants

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently affirmed the denial of jurisdiction by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia over two companies foreign to the Commonwealth of Virginia. See Consulting Engineers Corp. v. Geometric, Ltd., — F.3d —, 2009 WL 738165 (4th Cir. Mar. 23, 2009). Consulting Engineers Corporation (“CEC”) sued

Continue Reading Consulting Engineers Corp. v. Geometric, Ltd.: Fourth Circuit Holds That Negotiating Non-Competition Agreements Does Not Subject A Company To Personal Jurisdiction

This morning (September 24, 2008), Rep. Kevin Levitas and Sen. Judson Hill from the Georgia Legislature convened the first meeting of a legislative study committee reviewing the law of Georgia with respect to restrictive covenants in employment and business relationships. The House Committee is chaired by Representative Kevin Levitas, and includes the following members: Representative Tim Bearden; Representative Butch Parrish;

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A maritime attachment arising out of a contract action is appropriate where the underlying contract’s nature and character is one of maritime and not simply a non-competition agreement, the Second Circuit ruled recently in Williamson v. Recovery Ltd. Partnership, __ F.3d __, 2008 WL 3876570 (Aug. 22, 2008).

The plaintiffs in Williamson had assisted a recovery operation for the

Continue Reading Two Ships Passing In The Night: Is It A Maritime Or Non-Compete Contract? Williamson v. Recovery Ltd. Partnership