Ill. High Court Broadens Noncompete Enforceability

Law360, New York (December 2, 2011, 2:08 PM EST) -- The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that courts deciding the enforceability of employee noncompetition agreements must weigh all the facts and circumstances of each individual case, nixing the standard that state appeals courts have been applying for three decades.

Reviving industrial fire protection specialist Reliable Fire Equipment Co.'s lawsuit against two employees who left to form rival High Rise Security Systems LLC, the state's highest court clarified the standard for courts assessing whether employers have a legitimate business interest in enforcing noncompetition restrictive covenants with employees....
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