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Race to California Courthouse Fails in Recent Non-Compete Dispute

In the world of non-compete litigation, it is well-known that employee non-compete agreements are unenforceable under California law.  As a result, when a non-compete dispute has any ties to California, we often witness the proverbial race to the courthouse.  In essence, the former employee facing the possible lawsuit will seek to file first by bringing

Texas Court of Appeals Strikes Down Cardiologist Non-Compete Agreement on Public Interest Grounds

Last week, the Texas Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court order finding a physician non-compete agreement unenforceable as against public policy.  Although Texas has no outright ban on physician non-compete agreements (like Massachusetts or Alabama), the decision suggests that Texas courts may be willing to invalidate physician non-compete agreements where there is evidence of

More Non-Compete Litigation in the Broadcasting Industry

Over the past few years, non-compete litigation in the broadcasting industry has become increasingly common.  A recent case out of Birmingham, Alabama continues that trend.  On Monday, Citadel Broadcasting (a subsidiary of Cumulus Media) filed a lawsuit against Ryan Haney, who formerly served as program director for Citadel’s Birmingham sports talk radio station, WJOX 94.5

Prominent North Carolina Doctor Wins First Round of Non-Compete Fight

A recent North Carolina non-compete case has pitted one of the nation’s largest allergy clinics against one of North Carolina’s most respected physicians.  Earlier this month, Charlotte-based Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center (CAAC) filed a lawsuit against one of its former doctors, Dr. Maeve O’Connor.  Dr. O’Connor has joined the practice back in 2003 and

Advanced Micro Devices Sues Former Employees for Massive Theft of Trade Secrets

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of computer graphics cards, has sued four former employees alleging a massive theft of company trade secrets.  The case was filed last week in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. According to the complaint, former AMD executive Robert Feldstein was

Prominent Florida Chef Sued for Violating Non-Compete Agreement

A recent non-compete dispute in Florida raises questions about the concept of legitimate business interests under Florida law.  Until October, prominent Florida chef Domenica Macchia ran the kitchen at a St. Petersburg restaurant called Three Birds Tavern.  After leaving Three Birds last fall, Macchia became the chef at another local restaurant called Beak’s Old Florida.