Ohio Court Revisits Ruling On Noncompetes' Post-Merger Fate

Law360, New York (October 11, 2012, 9:12 PM EDT) -- The Ohio Supreme Court said Thursday it had been mistaken when it ruled in May that mergers could set the clock running on noncompete pacts' time limits, issuing a new decision that said a merged insurance services company could enforce noncompetes as if it had stepped into the absorbed company's shoes.

The high court reversed course in a 6-1 opinion, ruling in favor of insurance services company Acordia of Ohio LLC and remanding its case for a lower court to determine the reasonableness of the two-year...
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