Courts Willing To Enforce Worker Noncompetes, 2012 Shows

By Ben James (January 11, 2013, 8:36 PM EST) -- Courts around the U.S. showed in 2012 that they were willing to side with employers looking to enforce noncompete agreements, lawyers said, pointing to five appellate decisions that shed light on the pacts' enforceability as well as strategies to help them stand up to challenges.

Last year's noteworthy decisions included a rare foray by the U.S. Supreme Court into a dispute over a noncompete and a Second Circuit ruling that touched on the enforceability of a noncompete against a fired employee.

The Ohio Supreme Court also addressed post-merger noncompete enforceability, the Virginia Supreme Court tackled damages stemming from a breach that...

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