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Google Antitrust Scrutiny by the FTC? Nonsense.

These days, speculating about antitrust cases against major companies appears to be all the rage.  A few months back, there was a ton of chatter on the interwebs about Facebook’s potential liability for antitrust.  This morning, CNET ran a piece entitled, “What an anti-Google antitrust case by the FTC may look like.”  The key source

Boston Area Dentists in Non-Compete Controversy

Interesting non-compete news out of Weymouth, Massachusetts (a small city about twenty miles south of Boston).   Back in September 2009, a Boston-area dentist Gerald Maher sold his practice to a newly formed company called Dental Wellness.  As part of the transaction, Maher agreed (1) to refrain from practicing dentistry within a 15-mile radius of Dental

Who Owns Your Linkedin Account: You or Your Boss?

Not a non-compete case– but it rhymes.   The case is Eagle v. Morgan, et al., No. 11-4303 (E.D.Pa. December 22, 2011).   The plaintiff, Linda Eagle, co-founded a company called Edcomm, which provides banking and financial training services.  Eagle had been with Edcomm since the late 1980’s.  In 2008, Eagle created a LinkedIn account.  As expected,

Healthcare Sector Non-Competes Continue to Harm the Public

In today’s America, non-compete agreements have become ubiquitous.  Everybody has one.  The wine salesman.  The disc jockey.  The advertising executive.  Even the maid.  One of the most obscene examples of the widespread use (and abuse) of non-compete agreements is that of non-competes in the healthcare industry. Many doctors are either driven out of town –

These Days, Even Maids Have Non-Compete Agreements

The widespread use of non-compete agreements – along with the concept of captive clients and captive labor – continues to produce the most absurd scenarios.  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you MaidPro.   MaidPro is a cleaning service.   Recently, MaidPro was involved in a spat with a customer in Washington D.C.  The customer had used a

One More Time: Leave the Documents Behind

A recent case out of Connecticut reaffirms one of the most basic tenants of defending non-compete cases: Leave it behind.  Documents, customer lists, confidential files.  Leave all of it behind.  Do not attempt to take it with you for use at your new employer. A radio sales executive, Kristin Okesson, quit her job at a