Miss. Court Backs Local Noncompete Limits

Law360, New York (March 9, 2011, 4:57 PM EST) -- A Mississippi appeals court on Tuesday found that Timber Lake Foods Inc. was entitled to prevent a former employee from working for a competitor within 250 miles of the Tupelo, Miss., meat marketer.

The Mississippi Court of Appeals concluded that the geographic scope of Timber Lake’s noncompete agreement was valid and reasonable, reversing a lower court’s determination that the terms of the covenant were unenforceable given the fact that meat brokers communicate with customers nationwide regardless of location.

The ruling not only revives the 250-mile restriction...
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