U.S. - Washington
2019.06.06 "Washington Law Limits Enforceability of Noncompete Clauses" - This Holland & Knight alert begins as follows: "Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed House Bill 1450, which limits the enforceability of noncompete clauses in written and oral employment contracts between employers on one hand and employees and independent contractors on the other. The new law also imposes penalties upon employers who seek to enforce an unenforceable noncompete clause after Jan. 1, 2020."
2019.05.13 "Non-Competes in Washington - Over-Reaching Could Cost Employers" (alert from Proskauer).
2017.09.17 RSU Award Locked-in Restrictive Covenants. To quote from Law360's summary of Tyco Integrated Security, LLC et al v. Bradford (D.Wash):
2013.Jan.3 Defusing Non-competes through Smarter On-boarding
Amazon and Google recently squared off in a non-compete dispute in which Amazon prevailed in asserting Washington law controlled over California law, thereby leading to injunctive relief to enforce non-solicitation obligations against a former executive. Nevertheless, the limited scope of the relief and its duration - less than three months - reflects a judicial balancing that gives less impact to Amazon's noncompete than to Google's on-boarding of the executive. Those who hire executives are finding success when they incorporate confidentiality and loyalty restrictions drawn reasonably from those that the former employer imposed. For example, see the following quote from the Amazon v. Powers decision:
Compare IBM v. Visentin (discussed at New York law). All of this is another reminder that employers should customize their protective covenants at the front end, so that the restrictions are drawn in a manner that is both reasonable and defensible if enforcement proceedings later arise.
Washington Law Generally.
The following quotations from Amazon v. Powers set forth controlling Washington case law re non-competes:
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