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Choice of Law in Texas Injunction Hearings

January 15, 2016 / By Robert Wood
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Choice Of Law in Injunction Hearings In a prior post on Choice of Law in Texas Noncompete Litigation, we discussed the need for a well-thought-out choice of law provision in noncompete agreements.  The courts have again highlighted the importance of this, but this time, it is within the context of temporary injunctions. Cameron International Corporation…

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Borrowed Servant Doctrine: Risks Associated with Asserting Control

January 14, 2016 / By Robert Wood
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Temporary workers (“temps”) are a part of many businesses.  Some companies use temps to fill a void left while an employee is on leave, others utilize temps in determining whether or not to offer a permanent position, and still others have temps as part of their everyday business functions.  No matter what the reason is,…

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Texas Federal Court Voids Noncompete Agreement

November 25, 2015 / By Robert Wood
Articles // Non Compete Agreements in Texas

As readers of this blog know, noncompete agreements are increasingly enforceable in Texas.  However, even in Texas, not all noncompete agreements comply with the statutory requirements. In a case decided a few months ago, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, applying Texas law, held that a particular noncompete agreement was unenforceable. …

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Texas LLC Law – Breach of Fiduciary Duty

August 3, 2015 / By Robert Wood
Articles // Breach of Fiduciary Duty in Texas

Over 70% of all businesses in the United States are sole proprietorships.  A sole proprietorship is an unincorporated business that is owned and operated by a single individual.  As a sole proprietor, you are entitled to 100% of the profits.  However, you are also 100% personally responsible for all debts, losses, and liabilities. Many people…

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Trademark Infringement Basics

/ By Robert Wood
Articles // Unfair Competition

It is said that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.  However, imitating a competitor’s trademark can lead to harsh consequences.  Alternatively, allowing a competitor to imitate your trademark can damage your business.  It is important to understand basic concepts of trademark infringement to prevent infringing, or being infringed upon. It is important to…

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Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: Broad Scope of Applicability

/ By Robert Wood
Articles // Unfair Competition

Many aspects of modern society are dependent upon computers.  And computer fraud and abuse has become prevalent.  For employers, it is important to have an employee computer access policy to protect your sensitive information.  As an employee, knowing the limits of your authorized access is essential to avoiding adverse employment action. The Computer Fraud and…

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Texas Noncompete Agreements Must Be Reasonable in Scope

February 6, 2015 / By Robert Wood
Articles // Non Compete Agreements in Texas

Hiring employees, training them, and granting them access to industry secrets or client lists exposes employers to the possibility that employees will utilize this valued information against them.  In order to protect themselves, employers will often include a covenant not to compete provision in an employment contract, commonly known as a “non-compete.”  However, it is…

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Choice of Law in Texas Noncompete Litigation

January 8, 2015 / By Robert Wood
Articles // Non Compete Agreements in Texas

When contracting with another party, it is essential to understand which state law will govern your contract in the event you find yourself in a contractual dispute.  What might seem to be a reasonable provision, agreed upon by all parties, can be interpreted radically different depending upon the state law that will govern your contract. …

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