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How Specifically Must a Trade Secret Be Identified Under Texas Law?

February 8, 2017 / By Robert Wood
Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act

In Texas, a business and/or employer can bring a claim for misappropriation of trade secrets if a competitor or employee acquires a business’s trade secrets improperly or uses them without permission.  Tantamount to establishing a misappropriation of trade secrets claim is establishing that a trade secret, in fact, existed. Under Texas law, a “trade secret”…

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Can A Noncompete Be Extended If It Is Violated?

February 3, 2017 / By Robert Wood
Noncompete Agreements in Texas

Many noncompete cases are filed after an employer learns that an ex-employee is violating his covenant not to compete. Sometimes, an ex-employee competes for several months before an employer discovers that the ex-employee is doing so. This is especially possible in an age in which much commerce is done via the internet. Thus, by the…

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Do All Physician Non-Competes in Texas Require a Buyout Provision?

December 29, 2016 / By Robert Wood
Physician Employment Contracts

Under Texas law, non-compete agreements involving a physician in some situations must include a handful of provisions (“requirements”) in order for the non-compete to be enforceable.  One such requirement is that a physician non-compete agreement must contain a buyout provision.  When must a buyout provision be included? Are requirements like buyout provisions required in all…

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Geographic Limitations on Texas Non Competes?

October 17, 2016 / By Robert Wood
Articles // Noncompete Agreements in Texas

Worldwide Geographic Restriction of Texas Noncompete Agreements May Be Enforceable Last revised: 10.17.16 In the past, Texas courts have not fully embraced the ability of a non-compete agreement to restrict an employee from working anywhere in the world.  In several cases, Texas courts have held that the proper geographic scope of a noncompete agreement is…

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Fraudulent Inducement & Settlement Agreements Under Texas Law

September 25, 2016 / By Robert Wood
Articles // Contract Law

Settlement Agreements: Fraudulent Inducement and the Duty to Read Your Contract Settlement agreements are contracts. They impose binding obligations on both parties. Consider the following example:  Employer sues ex-employee for breach of non-compete. Employee files a counterclaim for unpaid sales commissions. Eventually, the two parties sign a settlement agreement. As part of the settlement agreement, the parties…

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Enforceability of Non-solicitation Clauses in Texas

August 22, 2016 / By Robert Wood
Articles // Non Solicitation Agreements in Texas

Are Non-solicitation Clauses Enforceable in Texas? The answer is, they can be, but, like noncompete agreements, they must comply with the statutory requirements against unlawful restraints on trade. Just like a noncompete provision (which keeps an employee from having a certain type of job), a non-solicitation provision (which keeps an employee from soliciting his former…

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How do Texas noncompete agreements affect independent contractors?

August 21, 2016 / By Robert Wood
Articles // Noncompete Agreements in Texas

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…

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