Non-Compete Litigation: A Divorce, But Worse
Imagine a divorce. The bad kind where people would rather fight than be reasonable. The kind where the only people who win are the attorneys because the financial cost of litigation, coupled with the emotional drain of battle wear the parties out.
Now, multiply in some additional hurt feelings, a few company owners that say they must fight for “the principal of it” and then you have employment litigation. Breach of Contract / Trade Secret Act / Tortious interference of business expectancy. You name it and your ex-employer will allege it.
So I would recommend a more calculated and purposeful course of action:
1. Find your contracts.
2. Call a lawyer to review your contracts.
3. Listen to the lawyer. If he or she says not to do X because you will get sued, they probably know what they are talking about.
4. PLAN and be smart.
5. If you get sued, be prepared to make the call: (1) fight it? or (2) don’t fight it.
Let us know if we can help with your exit strategy by reviewing any restrictive covenants in your current employment agreement. We represent clients throughout Virginia.