A non-compete agreement in Texas must not impose upon the employee greater restraints than are necessary to protect the business and goodwill of the employer. Moreover, the scope must bear some relationship to the activities of the employee. It is generally permissible to keep an employee from soliciting business from customers with whom he dealt during his employment, and...Continue Reading
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Once an otherwise enforceable agreement has been found to exist, the next question is whether the non-compete provision is "ancillary" to that otherwise enforceable agreement. Texas courts have made it clear that the following must be true for a covenant not to compete to be ancillary to an otherwise enforceable agreement: •The consideration given by the employer [in...Continue Reading
Non-competition covenants are typically contained in written (employment) agreements that contain many other provisions. The first step in determining whether an enforceable non-compete agreement exists is to mentally draw a line through the non-compete provision and examine the remaining provisions. The pertinent question with respect to the remaining provisions is: Have both the employer and the employee made binding...Continue Reading
Texas non-compete agreements often contain various other provisions, including the following: Choice of Law. Non-compete agreements typically will specify which state’s law will decide whether, and the extent to which, a non-compete agreement is enforceable. Even in cases in which the parties have agreed that the law of a state other than Texas will apply, the court will...Continue Reading