Non-Compete

The importance of legal documentation between business partners to avoid costly litigation

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Steven N. Malitz has written an article entitled, “Leverage and Documentation Create Business Freedom.” In this article, Mr. Malitz discusses his successful representation of a shareholder in two separate suits brought against him by a fellow shareholder and the facts and results of the litigation. The case involved the disagreement […]

Jason Tremblay authors Inside Counsel article, “5 ways to protect your company when a key employee departs”

Arnstein & Lehr Partner E. Jason Tremblay authored the article, “5 ways to protect your company when a key employee departs,” which appeared in the January 23 edition of Inside Counsel. In the article, he stresses the importance for all companies to know what steps to take when an employee decides to leave, especially in […]

A Recent Illinois Supreme Court Decision Should Make It Easier To Enforce Non-Competition Agreements

On December 1, 2011, the Illinois Supreme Court issued an opinion in Reliable Fire Equipment Company v. Arnold Arrendondo, et al. that set forth the factors that the Illinois courts should look to in evaluating the reasonableness of non-competition agreements. The Court reaffirmed that a non-competition agreement is reasonable only if the following the following […]

New Bill Would Alter Non-Compete Law in Illinois

Illinois businesses should be aware that Illinois House Bill 4923 would radically alter the law regarding non-competition agreements in Illinois by creating the Illinois Not to Compete Act.  This Act would restrict the enforceability of non-competition agreements in several key respects and create numerous rebuttable presumptions in favor of employees that would make it more […]

In-house Counsel Non-Competes: Fair or Foul?

By Paul E. Starkman There have been recent reports of some large companies trying to lock their in-house attorneys into non-competition, non-solicitation and other restrictive covenants.  Other companies thinking about jumping onto this bandwagon may find that they cannot treat their in-house counsel like other employees when it comes to post-employment restrictions. As a general rule, […]