"Confidential Information" in Non-Compete Agreements

Many people mistakenly assume that a signed contract is automatically enforceable. However, that’s simply not the case when analyzing a non-compete agreement. The first step in analyzing a non-compete agreement is determining whether it creates an unreasonable restraint of trade. The answer to that question depends on whether the restraint is necessary to protect a legitimate business interest. The agreement isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on unless it protects a legitimate business interest. A legitimate business interest can take the form of confidential information, special customer relationships, or a substantial investment in an employee’s education or training. The bullets below wil

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