Business and Professions Code section 16600

The Cruel Lessons of Wanke, Industrial, Commercial, Residential, Inc. v. Keck  (2012) 209 Cal.App.4th 1151

By:      Charles L. Post

Defendants in trade secret and unfair competition cases often have fewer resources than the plaintiff companies that bring them.  This is often the case in “classic” trade secret misappropriation scenarios: former employees form a new

California courts have long held that agreements that prohibit a former employee from hiring a former co-worker are void.  These decisions are based on California’s fundamental public policy (which is codified in Business & Professions Code section 16600) protecting workers’ rights to pursue any lawful trade or profession.  With only a few narrow exceptions, California