10 Steps To Take When Hiring From A Competitor

Law360, New York (February 1, 2013, 12:28 PM EST) -- The beginning of the year is a time of high employee mobility, and with that mobility comes a risk of litigation between the hiring employer and the former employer — particularly when the two companies are direct competitors.

When a lawyer is asked to weigh in on a potential hire and to advise regarding the litigation risk, the legal analysis is just one part of the puzzle; the human element is equally important. Not infrequently, raw human emotion — anger, feelings of betrayal, and/or pure competitive fire — serves as the triggering straw for litigation in such situations.

Fortunately, there are...

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