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Non Compete Agreements in Texas

As an attorney who frequently handles contract dispute matters involving Texas non-compete agreements, one of the questions that I am asked more than any other (by both employers and employees) is: “Is my Texas non-compete agreement enforceable?” Are Non-compete Agreements Enforceable in Texas? The answer is: A non-compete agreement IS enforceable in Texas if it is supported by valid consideration, and is reasonable...

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| Read Time: 5 minutes | #Physician Contracts

Texas Physician Contract Review Lawyers

Are you looking for an attorney to review your Texas physician employment contract? You’re in the right place. Click here to get started. 7 Employment Contract Blunders for Physicians to Avoid… According to data provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), there are more than 950,000 professional active physicians in the United States, including nearly 62,000 in the state...

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Are Verbal Contracts Enforceable in Texas?

“An oral contract is as good as the paper it is written on.” This is simply not true in Texas. In fact, a Texas jury awarded $11 billion dollars in damages to Pennzoil when Texaco interfered with an oral contract for the sale of Getty Oil to Pennzoil, one of the largest jury verdicts in U.S. history.  While it...

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| Read Time: 2 minutes | #Noncompete Agreements

Are Texas noncompete agreements enforceable if the employee is terminated?

My employment was terminated. That means my non-compete agreement goes away, right? I am often contacted by folks whose employment has been terminated. They reasonably assume that their non-compete agreement is no longer enforceable. In reality, that’s not always the case. There is no rule in Texas stating that if an employee is terminated, rather than quits, a noncompete...

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| Read Time: 3 minutes | #Non-Disclosure

When is a Texas Non-Disclosure Agreement Actually a Non-Compete?

Many wars have been fought in Texas courts over the enforceability of non-compete agreements. But relatively few have been waged over the enforceability of Texas non-disclosure agreements. The reasons for this are many, including the fact that Texas courts have routinely held that, unlike noncompete agreements, nondisclosure agreements do not restrain trade; hence, they are far more enforceable. Also,...

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| Read Time: 3 minutes | #Trade Secrets

Understanding the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act

What is a Trade Secret Under Texas Law? Every business has some amount of confidential and proprietary information that it does not want its competitors to know.  When someone uses a business’ confidential information without consent or threatens to do so, filing a claim for misappropriation of trade secrets is one way for a business to protect its information.  However, in...

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| Read Time: 5 minutes | #Physician Contracts

Physician Employment Agreements in Texas

Physician employment agreements are very prevalent. Unlike most Texas employees who are employed on an at-will basis, physicians typically have written agreements that can be worth hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars. In our practice, we see many disputes between physicians and their employers from both sides of the fence. Quite often these disputes are between practices or institutions and...

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| Read Time: 2 minutes | #Non-Solicitation

Non-Solicitation Agreements in Texas

What is a Non Solicitation Provision? Texas non-solicitation provisions (aka. non-solicitation clauses) prohibit the employee, both during employment, and for a period of time thereafter, from soliciting the employer’s clients, employees, or both. Texas non-compete agreements frequently contain non-solicitation provisions. But whether a particular act or communication constitutes solicitation is not always clear. “Solicitation” Defined So, what does it mean to “solicit”? One...

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Breach of Fiduciary Duty in Texas

Employees owe various duties to their employers, including a general duty of loyalty. This duty requires employees to act primarily for the benefit of their employer in all matters connected with their employment. Failure to do so may constitute a breach of fiduciary duty, or breach of the duty of loyalty. Examples of Employee Fiduciary Duty in Texas An employee...

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Do Texas noncompete agreements apply to independent contractors?

Does the Texas noncompete statute apply to independent contractors as well as employees? Although there is not much case law on this, the answer is almost certainly yes. One case in particular out of the Fort Worth Court of Appeals dealt with a noncompete agreement dispute involving an independent contractor. Neither the company attempting to enforce the noncompete nor...

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