Rise Of Noncompetes Raises Enforceability Issues

Law360, New York (May 22, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In the last several years, U.S. courts have seen a surge in noncompete cases, especially as more employers outside the information technology industry make their employees sign these types of agreements.

While employees in the high-tech industry are used to signing noncompetes, employers are increasingly drafting noncompetes for employees involved in sales, recruitment, security and even hairdressing.

But as employers compel a wider range of employees to sign noncompetes, some attorneys question whether the courts will be as inclined to enforce them.

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