Noncompetes Harder To Translate Across Borders

Law360 (April 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Employers are hitting a few snags when they try to enforce noncompetition agreements with their former workers who have crossed state or country borders.

These agreements, which place certain restrictions on former employees who want to work for a competitor, are viewed differently by courts across the United States and the European Union.

Because the U.S. economy is weakening and companies are slashing their work forces, businesses may face more challenges with employees moving and starting to work for a rival firm despite a noncompete, according...
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