Noncompete Agreements

A new appellate case strengthens the trend of preemptively suing to break a noncompete agreement. William Manuel worked for an Ohio company. He resigned, promising not to work for a competitor, but he had already accepted such a job in Georgia. He then filed a preemptive lawsuit in Georgia, which has laws more favorable to employees in such cases. The Georgia court ruled that the noncompete agreement was unenforceable. A federal appeals court ruled that the Georgia court's decision would stand because the first lawsuit filed in such a case establishes the venue. (Manuel v. Convergys Corporation, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, No. 04-16032, 2005)



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