Calif. Noncompete Clauses — Still Unenforceable

Law360, New York (February 4, 2013, 10:55 AM EST) -- Section 16600 of the California Business & Professions Code is, on its face, quite succinct. It states: “[e]xcept as provided in this chapter, every contract by which anyone is restrained from engaging in a lawful profession, trade, or business of any kind is to that extent void.”

In 2008, the California Supreme Court interpreted quite literally the language of Section 16600 of the California Business & Professions Code in its Raymond Edwards II v. Arthur Anderson LLP, 44 Cal 4th 937 (2008) decision. Specifically, the Raymond...
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