Ex-Event Planning Co. Execs Dealt Blow In Noncompete Row

By Pete Brush (February 25, 2014, 5:42 PM EST) -- A New York state appeals court on Tuesday revived nonsolicitation covenants asserted by corporate event planning company TBA Global LLC against three former executives who allegedly schemed to take clients and trade secrets before quitting and immediately launching a competitor.

A unanimous five-judge First Department panel reversed New York Supreme Court Judge Melvin L. Schweitzer's April summary ruling that TBA Global contracts signed by defendants Mark Shearon, Chuck Santoro and James Cavanaugh were unenforceable.

"Contrary to the motion court's determination, the restrictions imposed are no greater than required to protect TBA's legitimate interests which include the protection of client relationships," the...

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