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Negotiating Non-compete agreements

I just got upset with non-compete agreements again. Here is what I have written on it before. Good stuff.

How to negotiate a noncompete

Best:

When you are presented with a contract that has a non-compete agreement the most effective negotiation is to say, “My lawyer needs to look at this.” Your lawyer always trumps [...]

Ruling throws out some Noncompete’s in PA

if you are asked to sign a non-competition clause after you are hired. they have to give you a substantial raise, check, promotion, cash, or something valuable. If not, you are free to go anywhere you want.

A court case in PA just confirmed that. All the details are in this article.

Basically, if they [...]

How to negotiate a fair non-compete clause

I was cursing non-competes again yesterday. Non-competes are those contract clauses that can keep you from earning a living. Here in PA, lawyers cannot legally be held to a non-compete. The rest of the world can.

The ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas [and] the best test of truth is [...]

$250,000 too proud

A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future. (Harris)

Mike’s expertise selling into FEMA was critical. Their product was more than an idea, but not a proven solution. Mike was already calling on FEMA contacts even though he [...]

Take this job and shove it – your view

Suicidal glory is the luxury of the irresponsible. We’re not giving up. We’re waiting for a better opportunity. (Bujold)

Take this job and shove it – your view

“The non compete is never enforced. I’m not worried if they find out where I am going.”

A very real guy I know said that to his [...]

Coyote traps – when to gnaw your arm off

Some mornings it just doesn’t seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps. (Phillips)

Coyotes stuck in a trap have been known to gnaw their foot off to escape. A lot of these three footed coyotes survive for years and do very well. Okay, they do well compared to coyotes that were [...]

Non competes – prisons without bars

Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity than straightforward and simple integrity in another. (Colton)

For a year Jim did a two hour commute-one way, every day. What a horrible thought. He did it to get out of a non compete agreement. Do you think he will ever sign another [...]

Noncompetes – what really happens

This is a great summary of what happens in the typical hard fought non-compete case. But look closely. This really says it could arbitrarily have swung either way.