Case Study: Richmond V. Aumtech

Law360, New York (December 20, 2011, 1:36 PM EST) -- In California, it is well established that noncompete provisions are unenforceable, subject to certain statutory exceptions. Nevertheless, some courts have also recognized that noncompete provisions are enforceable if necessary to protect confidential information or trade secrets.

But what about noncompete provisions that are ambiguous as to their protection of confidential information or trade secrets?

Recently, when faced with such a provision, one California federal court narrowly construed the provision to find it enforceable.

The Facts in Richmond

In Richmond Technologies Inc. v. Aumtech Business Solutions, No....
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