Noncompetes Crucial For Businesses, Ill. High Court Told

Law360, New York (July 30, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT) -- The Illinois Chamber of Commerce backed Premier Dealer Services Inc.'s bid Monday for state Supreme Court review of a ruling that said noncompete and nonsolicitation clauses in its employment agreement were unenforceable, warning that the ruling greatly weakens restrictive covenants.

Premier, which provides after-market vehicle products and programs, has filed a petition with the Illinois Supreme Court seeking a green light to challenge a June 24 appeals court ruling that stemmed from a legal battle with former worker Eric Fifield, who jumped ship for a competitor a few months after signing an employment agreement with nonsolicitation and noncompete provisions.

The appeals...

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