Postponing The Noncompete Fight

Law360, New York (April 25, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT) -- Settlement of lawsuits is almost universally considered a good thing. Among the many benefits is the notion that the conflict ends immediately and the parties can go on with their lives with the comfort of certainty. Right? Well, maybe. In noncompete cases, an employer might consider settling because it fears an unfavorable determination by the court that the geographical, temporal or substantive scope of the noncompete agreement at issue may be overly broad.

But some cases suggest that settlement might simply postpone this determination until another...
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