Non-Compete Agreement Attorney
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An increasing number of companies require employees to sign non-compete agreements as a condition of their employment. That’s because many businesses have proprietary information that gives them an advantage over their competition.
However, some employees violate such agreements by working with competitors and sharing sensitive information with them. Other times, companies might have unreasonable agreements that prevent employees from forming their own companies or working for another business. In either case, it’s critical for companies or individuals to take legal action to protect their rights.
Our dedicated attorneys at Eller Tonnsen Bach, LLC have the knowledge and the expertise you need to build a strong case. We have extensive experience dealing with cases involving non-compete agreements involving individuals and businesses of all sizes. As a result, we know what to do and which legal strategies can often be the most effective.
What is a non-compete agreement?
Many business litigation cases involve non-compete agreement claims. Such cases often involve an employee who signed a non-compete agreement who:
- Sells or shares sensitive, proprietary information with another business.
- Takes a job at another company in the same industry.
- Forms a company based the proprietary information obtained at their previous employer.
- Attempts to lure clients from one company to a competing company.
Some business litigation cases involving non-compete agreement violations can be very clear cut. But in many cases, there can often be significant differences of opinion about whether one party violated such an agreement. That’s why it’s important to consult an attorney familiar with this area of the law to learn more about the legal options available for resolving such disputes.
Are non-compete agreements legally binding?
If written properly, many non-compete agreements are legally binding. However, many such agreements are found to be unlawful since they were not written correctly in the first place. Some of the common mistakes companies make when creating such documents include:
- An existing employee was asked to sign such an agreement without receiving anything of value in exchange.
- The non-compete agreement lasts too long.
- The non-compete agreement covers too large of a geographic area.
- The non-compete agreement does not specify which laws have jurisdiction over the agreement.
These are just some of the obstacles that can come up in non-compete agreement disputes. That’s why it’s critical that you or your business consults with a lawyer familiar with this area of the law when creating or signing such an agreement.
What options exist for resolving such disputes?
There are many ways individuals and corporations can resolve disagreements involving non-compete agreement disputes. Some of the solutions include:
- Contacting the competing employer and informing them of the offending employee’s violation of an existing non-compete agreement.
- Issuing a cease and desist order in response to such violations.
- Hiring a mediator or arbitrator to resolve the dispute.
- Taking legal action against the offending party and taking them to court.
- Both sides agreeing to amend the existing agreement, often resulting in releasing the employee from all or part of the non-compete agreement.
Each case often presents its own unique legal challenges. That’s why it’s important to talk with an attorney who understands the applicable state and federal laws before making important decisions that can have serious, legal consequences.
How our law firm can help you
Our attorneys can help you anticipate the legal challenges that often arise in disputes involving non-compete agreements. As your lawyer, we can carefully review any existing agreements and advise you or your company on the best approach for resolving such a dispute. We can also help update existing agreements to make sure they are not too restrictive as well as create new, legally binding agreements with favorable terms for your company. Because we carefully select which cases we handle, we can provide the personalized attention you rightfully deserve.
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