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California Court Confirms No Absolute Public Policy Against Non-Competes Entered into by Partners

Posted in Trade Secrets and Competition

California’s prohibition on non-competition agreements is less than absolute.  For example, non-compete agreements may be enforced against partners or sellers of businesses.  Additionally, in SingerLewak LLP v. Andrew Gantman (2015) 241 Cal.App.4th 610, a California Appellate Court affirmed an arbitration award that would be considered by most to be a misapplication of California’s non-competition law…. Continue Reading

“No-Poaching” Lawsuits Come to Hollywood

Posted in Trade Secrets and Competition

Readers of this blog are familiar with our coverage of the various cases involving high tech firms in Silicon Valley such as Google and Adobe involving alleged “no poaching” agreements that they would not solicit each other’s employees for possible employment.  Both the U.S. Government and plaintiff class action attorneys have alleged that such conduct… Continue Reading

Non-Competes and the “Trade Secret Exception” Revisited

Posted in Trade Secrets and Competition

We periodically discuss California law regarding non-compete provisions in this Blog. The California Supreme Court has made clear that non-compete provisions are unenforceable unless they fall within one of the statutory exceptions set out in sections 16601 et seq. (i.e., in connection with the sale of a business, goodwill, etc.).  Over the years, courts have… Continue Reading

Often But Not Always Void: Covenants Not to Compete in California

Posted in Trade Secrets and Competition

California’s prohibition on covenants not to compete is well established.  The statute that reflects this public policy, Business and Professions Code §16600 generally permits such covenants only in narrowly prescribed circumstances.  Those exceptions are all identified by statute at Business and Professions Code §§16601, 16602 and 16602.5.  These exceptions permit covenants not to compete when… Continue Reading