As noted in our post, Ask 70 Trade Secret Lawyers and Paralegals about Noncompetes and Get One Opinion, the FTC and DOJ encouraged the submission of public comments following the “Making Competiti...
Happy holidays! Episode 13 of Fairly Competing is out! In this episode, John, Ben, and Russell take a look back on some of the more significant developments in trade secret and restrictive coven...
Once again, we have resounding unanimity on the issues and recommendations to the FTC and DOJ, as they consider whether to regulate (and if so, how) noncompetes, nondisclosure agreements, and other restrictive covenants. 70 lawyers who practice extensively in the area of trade secret and restrictive covenant law agree: federal regulation is likely inappropriate, definitely premature, and, in any event, should be limited.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) just completed their second workshop on competition. Noncompetes are again squarely in the crosshairs. Here is what you need to know and what you need to do.
The FTC's and DOJ’s December 6 and 7 Virtual Public Workshop Exploring Competition in Labor Markets is almost here, and the agenda has been released. While it’s quite possible that noncompete...
The FTC and DOJ will be hosting a two-day workshop on December 6 and 7 covering, among other things, the use of noncompetes and NDAs.
The ULC officially released the Uniform Restrictive Employment Agreement Act. A tremendous amount of work went into developing it. Take a read and see what you think.
Contracts containing restrictive covenants (noncompetes, nonsolicitation agreements, and the like) have been the province of state regulation for over 200 years. However, starting in 2015, the federal government has been stepping into the breach through proposed legislation (most recently two bills to ban all employee noncompetes and one to amend the FLSA to ban noncompetes for nonexempt workers), FTC review (starting with a workshop in January 2020), and an Executive Order (on July 9, 2021) “encouraging” the FTC to “curtail the unfair use of non-compete clauses . . . .” While that’s not news, what is news is that earlier this week (September 14, 2021), the FTC issued a public statement that — if it is as broad as it appears — seems to presume that the FTC has authority to regulate these types of contracts.
We’re nearing three years to the day that the Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act has been in effect. While we have only two decisions so far that provide any insight into some of the more thorny questions about the statute, we seem to be on the cusp of getting at least one new data point.
As regular readers of this blog know, I focus on providing content and rarely suggest educational programs to attend. However, given that CLE programs are still remote and can be hard to identify, I t...
A recent paper, “The Ethics of Noncompete Clauses,” by University of Georgia Professor Harrison Frye, expands the policy discussion around noncompetes, and argues for a more thoughtful analysis. As Professor Frye details, seeing noncompetes “as solely advancing the interests of employers is myopic.”
If you’ve been following along with this series of posts, you know that there have been 66 noncompete bills pending in 25 states this year — plus three pending federal noncompete bills, D.C.’s new law to ban most noncompetes, and a bill to rein in D.C’s new law before it becomes effective (which is anticipated to be in April 2022). Today’s post discusses New Jersey’s proposed noncompete legislation.
Episode 11 of Fairly Competing is out! In this episode, Ben Fink, John Marsh, and I explore the ins and outs of mediating trade secret disputes through a discussion with special guest James Pooley, one of the true deans of the trade secret bar.
Misconceptions about noncompetes abound. And, as noncompete agreements are increasingly in the cross-hairs of the media and legislators, it has become increasingly clear that some of the most vocal de...
Ask two lawyers for their opinion and you’ll get three opinions. But I asked almost 60 lawyers (and paralegals) and got only one opinion — consistent with the last time, when I asked 21 lawyer...
The updates keep coming, but the information does not — well, at least not quickly. President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy is now available, but references noncompetes in only two quick sentences throughout the 46 pages. Those two sentences provide only a bit more guidance.
This afternoon, President Biden signed an “Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy,” which included pushing for the regulation of noncompetes by the FTC. Based on his comments during today’s press conference (discussed in the post), we expect that any regulation will be balanced, focusing on regulating the abuses, rather than a throw-the-baby-out-with-the-bathwater wholesale ban.
President Biden had said that he “will work with Congress to eliminate all non-compete agreements, except the very few that are absolutely necessary to protect a narrowly defined category of trade secrets.” However, he has now announced that he will issue an executive order pushing for the limitation or elimination of noncompetes.
As regular readers of this blog know, I focus on providing content and rarely suggest programs to attend. However, given that CLE programs are still remote and can be hard to identify, I thought I’d take a moment to call out a few upcoming, content-rich programs. Take a look.
If you’ve been following along, you know that there have been 65 noncompete bills in 25 states so far this year1 — excluding the two pending federal noncompete bills, D.C.’s new law to ban mo...
45 state bills to modify noncompete law are pending across 21 states. In this series, we cover all 45 bills (and any new ones that are filed) — and will be simultaneously updating our Changing Trade Secrets | Noncompete Laws page. Today’s installment is about Georgia’s bill.
Episode 3 of Fairly Competing is out! In this episode, Ben Fink, John Marsh, and I discuss employee surveillance and protecting legitimate business interests when an employee’s employment is terminated without cause.
I am pleased to announce that the 6th edition of my book, Negotiating, Drafting & Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements & Related Restrictive Covenants, is now out!
Another Congress, another federal noncompete bill: Four Senators and one Congressman have reintroduced a federal bill to ban all employee noncompetes.