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Noncompete agreements: No-poach clauses may limit opportunities

Many individuals in Florida and elsewhere have reached a point in life where a change in employment is necessary. However, in some cases, a person's ability to obtain employment within a similar field may be restricted by the contract he or she signed with the current employer. Noncompete agreements can impact individuals within a variety of fields, and in some cases, a person might even be unaware of the presence of such an agreement.

Noncompete agreement: Walmart files lawsuit against former worker

For many individuals in Florida and elsewhere, there may come a point in life where a change of employment may be necessary. However, as the levels of competition in certain fields are continually on the rise, the process of leaving a company to work for a competitor might lead to conflict and disputes. Walmart is reportedly seeking to block a former tax executive from leaving to work for Amazon, claiming that the decision is in violation of her noncompete agreement.

Things to look out for prior to signing a noncompete agreement

Upon accepting an offer for employment, individuals in Florida and elsewhere may be asked to place their signatures on a variety documents before staring their new jobs. Regardless of the nature of the job they apply for, one of these documents could be a noncompete agreement that could prevent them from leaving to work for a competitor for a set period of time. Since these documents can be complex and subject to interpretation, gaining a clear understanding of the terms within prior to signing may be advisable.

Fidelity sues former broker for theft of trade secrets

Investment firms in Florida and elsewhere may provide services to a multitude of individuals on a daily basis. These companies generally place a great deal of importance on protecting the information of their clients, and they may choose to pursue legal recourse should they feel as though another party has misused proprietary information. Fidelity has filed a lawsuit against a former employee's investment firm after claiming that he stole valuable trade secrets upon leaving the company.

Noncompete disputes: Spirit AeroSystems sued by former CEO

Many companies in Florida and elsewhere require employees to sign agreements that may prevent them from leaving to work for a competitor for a set period of time. However, these agreements might not be restricted to changes in employment alone, and those who retire from a business may become involved in noncompete disputes should they attempt to act as a consultant for another company. A man in another state has recently filed a lawsuit against his former employer after it allegedly began withholding his retirement benefits.

HouseCanary awarded $706M judgment re theft of trade secrets

For businesses in Florida and across the nation, protecting proprietary information could prove essential to safeguarding the longevity of the company. Should another party attempt to obtain this information through unlawful methods, a company may wish to protect its business interests through litigation. A company in another state was recently awarded a $706 million judgment after another party used a computer program to steal trade secrets.

Noncompete disputes: 2 file lawsuit against restaurant owner

Upon hiring new employees, companies in Florida and elsewhere might seek to protect their business interests by requiring them to sign a noncompete agreement. Companies may use these agreements to prevent employees from obtaining employment with a competitor for a set period after resigning from their position. However, should a business close down, there could be some level of debate as to whether the agreement is enforceable, and noncompete disputes that take place under similar circumstances can be complex.

Trade secret disputes: NuCurrent files lawsuit against Samsung

For startup companies in Florida and elsewhere, entering a business relationship with a major corporation can be an exciting prospect. Prior to sharing trade secrets with a larger entity, smaller businesses may find it beneficial to protect their business interests and prevent trade secret disputes by ensuring a contract is signed. A wireless power company named NuCurrent has recently filed a lawsuit against Samsung, accusing the company of stealing proprietary wireless phone charging technology and using it in certain products.

Noncompete disputes: IBM files lawsuit against former executive

The technology industry is an ever-expanding field where companies are constantly thinking up ways to keep up with or stay ahead of rivals. Due to the competitive nature of this field, individuals in Florida may seek to hold the best position available at all times, which could lead to changes in employment from time to time. While such a change might not be all that uncommon and mostly uneventful, if the move is in violation of one's employee contract, noncompete disputes may arise.

Noncompete disputes: MillerCoors alleges violation of contract

Many companies in Florida and elsewhere work hard on coming up with strategies that could give them an edge on the competition. When an employee who is privy to these plans pursues a job with an employer in a rival field, a company may seek to protect its business interests through litigation. This has been the source of many noncompete disputes over time. MillerCoors has recently filed a lawsuit against a former employee, accusing the man of violating the terms of his contract.

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