The Business Of Protecting Customer Relationships

Law360, New York (January 25, 2012, 1:50 PM EST) -- Over a dozen years after the New York Court of Appeals specifically recognized, in BDO Seidman v. Hirshberg, 93 N.Y.2d 382, 690 N.Y.S.2d 854 (1999), that an employer may have a legitimate and protectable business interest in preventing former employees from exploiting or appropriating the relationships and goodwill of its customers which had been created and maintained at the employer’s expense, some New York courts still appear to be reluctant to uphold contractual provisions in employment agreements that are designed simply to protect customer goodwill....
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