By Robyn MarshMarcus Mintz, and Michael Wexler 

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 31, 2024, the Governor of Colorado signed House Bill 24-1324, titled “Attorney General Restrictive Employment Agreements,” putting into place a law to toughen protections for employees who are subject to abusive contracts ostensibly requiring repayment to employers for education and training expenses upon termination

Continue Reading Colorado Amends Non-Compete Law To Address Potential Abuses of Training Repayment Agreement Provisions (TRAPS)

By Jesse M. ColemanEron ReidRobert B. Milligan, and Michael Wexler 

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 3, 2024, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas entered an Order staying the proceedings in Chamber of Commerce v. FTC by granting the FTC’s motion to apply the first-to-file doctrine, in which a district court

Continue Reading FTC Non-Compete Ban Lawsuits Update: Eastern District of Texas Stays Chamber of Commerce Suit in Favor of Ryan LLC as First-to-File

By Marcus Mintz and Andrew Escobar

Seyfarth Synopsis: Effective January 1, 2020, Washington enacted a noncompete statute which, among other things, required employers to satisfy notice obligations and compensation thresholds to use noncompete agreements with employees and independent contractors. As we previously described.

Washington’s original statute:

  • Requires advance notice of non-competes “no later than the time of the acceptance
Continue Reading Amendments To Washington State’s Noncompete Statute Go Into Effect June 6, 2024

By Dawn Mertineit 

As we reported at the end of February, Maine’s House of Representatives voted for a non-compete ban that would have invalidated virtually all such agreements in the state. In March, the Senate passed the bill, sending it to Governor Mills’s desk. Despite what looked like another victory for opponents of non-competes, Governor Mills vetoed the proposed

Continue Reading Update: Maine Governor Vetoes Non-Compete Ban

By Robert B. Milligan

Seyfarth Synopsis: Love is in the air. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’re writing to share some heartfelt news about a recent change in California law that might just make your heart skip a beat.

In the spirit of spreading love (and compliance), a new law, Section 16600.1 of the Business and Professions

Continue Reading California’s New Love Law: Seyfarth’s Valentine’s Day Legal Update on Non-Competes and Compliance Messages

By Justin K. Beyer

Seyfarth Synopsis: The ongoing saga of DC’s controversial Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Amendment Act of 2020 (the “Act”) logged another chapter last week when the DC Council passed a further amendment delaying the effective date of the Act from April 1, 2022, until October 1, 2022.

The Act, which was originally passed in December 2020,
Continue Reading The Effective Date of DC’s Non-Compete Ban Delayed Yet Again

By Dawn Mertineit

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a rare appellate decision on enforceability of non-disclosure agreements and a plaintiff’s burden to establish the existence of trade secrets, the First Circuit recently overturned a district court summary judgment order and trial verdict. This decision serves as an important reminder for both those who litigate trade secrets claims and those who draft
Continue Reading Rare First Circuit Decision Invalidating NDA and Overturning Misappropriation Verdict Serves as a Cautionary Tale