Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2012 - Austin non-compete attorney, Gregory D. Jordan, suggests that anyone seeking to enforce, or break a non-competition agreement, should consult an attorney familiar with the new Texas case law.
Jordan notes that “for approximately 20 years before 2006, Texas courts generally held that non-compete agreements were seldom enforceable. Given Texas Supreme Court decisions in 2006, 2009 and 2011, it’s a whole new ballgame now.”
In 2006, the Texas Supreme Court decided Alex Sheshunoff Management Services, L.P. v. Johnson. In 2009 the court decided Mann Frankfort Stein & Lipp Advisors, Inc. v. Fielding, and just last year the court entered its opinion in Marsh, Inc. v. Cook. Each of these cases made significant changes to non-compete law in Texas. Each of these cases made it more likely that a court would find there was sufficient consideration to support the validity of a non-compete agreement.
“The focus on non-competes is shifting from the issue of whether there was sufficient consideration to whether the non-compete is reasonable in terms of time, geographic scope and the scope of the activity restricted,” states Austin non-compete attorney Jordan. “This makes it even more important to talk with an attorney who is up to date on the law if you have questions about a non-compete,” continues Jordan.
The Law Offices of Gregory D. Jordan has handled many business and employment disputes involving non-compete agreements, unfair competition, confidentiality agreements and breaches of contract. To learn more visit, http://www.theaustintriallawyer.com.
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