Calif. High Court Invalidates Limited Noncompetes

Law360, New York (August 7, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a much-anticipated ruling that employment lawyers say is consistent with California law, the state’s high court has come down against Arthur Andersen LLP and found that noncompete agreements are invalid under the California business and professions code, even when they are narrowly restrictive.

The California Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed a lower court’s decision voiding a noncompete that Andersen made a Los Angeles tax manager sign when he joined the accounting firm in 1997.

Under the agreement, Raymond Edwards II could continue working as an...
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