Good news to report! The Chesterfield Circuit Court (just outside of Richmond) as ruled in favor of an employee and against the employer in a noncompete case. The case is Knowles v. New Age Digital, Inc.
The court denied New Age Digital’s attempt to enforce a noncompete that prohibits any company director from “any type of competitive activity” anywhere within the Commonwealth of Virginia for one year after termination. Even better, the court also found unenforceable a nonsolicitation clause that prohibited any director, for two years after departure, from soliciting any New Age employees for employment by the director or any competitive entity, or soliciting any entity for whom New Age proposed services for three years prior to the director’s departure.
This is a great decision for employees in Virginia!