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NYAG Continues Scrutiny of Overbroad Non-Compete Agreements

The New York State Office of the Attorney General (“NYAG”), working with the Illinois Attorney General, announced on September 18, 2018 that it had reached a settlement with WeWork Companies, Inc. (“WeWork”) regarding its use of non-compete agreements. The WeWork settlement follows earlier non-compete related settlements by the NYAG with, among others, Jimmy John’s Gourmet … Continue Reading

[Podcast]: New Non-Compete Law in Massachusetts

In this episode of The Proskauer Brief, senior counsel Harris Mufson and associate Samantha Regenbogen discuss significant reforms to Massachusetts law that will apply to non-competition agreements as well as adopting the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA). The law will cover non-compete agreements entered into with Massachusetts residents and Massachusetts employees on or after October 1, 2018 (but not … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Passes Non-Compete Reform Law

On August 10, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill making significant reforms to Massachusetts’ law regarding non-compete agreements, as well as adopting the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“UTSA”) (joining 48 other states as well as DC in adopting the UTSA at least in part, and leaving New York as the lone … Continue Reading

DOJ Announces First Settlement Under Trump Administration Regarding “No-Poach” Agreement

On April 3, 2018, the Antitrust Division of the U.S Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it had reached a settlement in a matter involving a “no-poaching” agreement between employers—the first such enforcement action under the Trump Administration.  The DOJ’s pursuit of the matter reflects the Department’s continuing scrutiny of employment and hiring agreements between … Continue Reading

Court finds Ex-Employee Likely Violated Non-Solicitation Provision with LinkedIn Post

The use of social media sites, like LinkedIn, can be a helpful tool to reach a customer base. But a recent district court case out of Minnesota exemplifies the need to ensure that LinkedIn usage complies with the user’s employment agreement. Specifically, in late July 2017, a Minnesota court in Mobile Mini, Inc. v. Vevea granted … Continue Reading

Nevada Codifies Amendments For Non-Competes and Other Forms of Restrictive Covenants – Adopts “Blue Pencil” Standard, Imposes Consideration Requirements and Addresses Enforceability Issues

Nevada’s Assembly Bill 276, which became effective on June 3, 2017 (the “NV Law”), articulates new rules and requirements for employee restrictive covenants, some of which fundamentally alter the State’s prior practices. The NV Law addresses consideration generally in non-competition covenants and in circumstances where employees are terminated as the result of a reduction of … Continue Reading

Click Here — 3rd Circuit Enforces Restrictive Covenants Tied to Electronic Acceptance of Stock Award

On February 7, 2017, the Third Circuit affirmed a partial preliminary injunction order barring two former ADP employees from soliciting customers for their new employer for one year. This decision is notable as it affirmed the propriety of electronic acknowledgements and rejected a creative challenge to ADP’s electronic signature system. See ADP, LLC v. Lynch, … Continue Reading

Illinois Prohibits Non-Compete Agreements with Low-Wage Employees

Effective January 1, 2017, the Illinois Freedom to Work Act (the “Act”) will prohibit private sector employers from entering into non-competition agreements with employees earning a “low wage.”  The Act defines low-wage employees as those who earn the greater of: (a) the federal ($7.25 per hour), state ($8.25 per hour), or local (currently, $10.50 per … Continue Reading

Proskauer Releases Survey Results on Value Insights: Delivering Value in Labor and Employment Law

Proskauer’s Labor and Employment Law Department is pleased to announce the release of its inaugural Value Insights: Delivering Value in Labor and Employment Law survey, a resource that includes input from in-house decision makers on labor and employment matters and provides in-house counsel with tools to both more effectively help their business partners achieve their objectives … Continue Reading

President Signs Defend Trade Secrets Act Into Law

Today (May 11, 2016), President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) into law, for the first time creating a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation.  The law has sweeping implications and is expected to have a noticeable impact on trade secret jurisprudence.  In addition, the law adds new obligations for employers … Continue Reading

Congress Passes A New Law Providing A Federal Cause Of Action For The Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

On April 11 and April 27, 2016, the Senate and House, respectively, passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA).  The DTSA, for the first time, provides a federal cause of action for the misappropriation of trade secrets.  This significant development has large implications for companies and employers nationwide.  As such, Proskauer has prepared … Continue Reading

Illinois Restrictive Covenants Harder to Enforce Post-Fifield and Montel

Illinois employers are still reeling from the Illinois Supreme Court’s refusal to review the decision in Fifield v. Premier Dealer Services, Inc., No. 1-12-0327 (Ill. App. Ct., 1st Dist. June 24, 2013).  In Fifield, the First District Appellate Court ruled that employee non-competition and non-solicitation agreements supported by consideration consisting of less than two years … Continue Reading
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