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Non-Compete Law

This is America…I can always quit and find a better job!

Is this a true statement?  Not in Virginia. Maybe half of the statement is correct.  You can quit you job.  However, you cannot always go find a better job in your same industry or locale.  Why?  Because of that one page document you signed 5 years ago (along with health insurance forms and who to...[Read More]

Non-Compete Agreements, and the other team’s playbook

Our office typically represents employees in business litigation disputes. Yes, we occasionally represent a company but more often than not, we are fighting for an employee who wants to continue work in his or her chosen profession. We do this by evaluating their contracts, the situation and facts, and  arguing (when it is appropriate to...[Read More]

Life Hacks for Starting a New Job

LIFE HACKS FOR STARTING A NEW JOB Thanks to the internet you can make your life better, and more efficient in a million ways that will blow your mind. Folks call this a hack. I dare you – google “chicken pot pie hack” or “bathroom cleaning hacks.” Ok, done yet? Did you enjoy a video...[Read More]

Yes even your doctor has a non-compete – should you care?

This morning I stumbled across an article about NC doctors who are currently spending more time in court than their patients would like. Here is the scenario. A doctor is hired by a practice to serve patients but asked to sign a contract that when she leaves the practice, she won’t provide same or similar...[Read More]

Think before you leap

I love the New Year. I make resolutions, work out, eat better and do everything that makes me a whole person, for about three weeks. Then the pace of life kicks in and I lose my resolve again until next year. For many Virginia employees, the New Year seems like a good time to finally make the...[Read More]

Lightbulb jokes and non-competes

Do you remember all the great light bulb jokes of the late 1990’s? You could directly insult any kind of person in just a few sentences – blondes, engineers, lawyers, doctors, etc. The beauty of these terrible jokes was that the hyperbole was often based on some element of truth (** BUT FOR BLOND JOKES which are...[Read More]

Once again, the Court surprises me in a non-compete case

I recently learned of a case out of Eastern Virginia  – Depuy Synthes Sales Inc. v. Jones – where employees of one medical device manufacturer (Depuy), left to join a competing company (Sky Surgical) and were quickly sued by their former employers. In the lawsuit, it was alleged the employees violated their contracts, (non-compete and non-solicitation...[Read More]

The blessing and curse of technology

I attended a most informative class last week, given by a computer forensic expert. This man is hired (often by attorneys) to examine phones, computers, and other devices, to search for electronic evidence in civil and criminal lawsuits. In one suit he may be looking for evidence of child porn to convict a suspected criminal....[Read More]