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Legitimate Business Interests, Non-Compete Agreements

Non-compete contracts are enforceable if they are reasonable, meaning they can be “no more restrictive than is necessary to protect the legitimate interest of the employer.” Healthcare Servs. of the Ozarks, Inc. v. Copeland, 198 S.W.3d 604, 610 (Mo. 2006). Therefore, a non-compete contracted must be limited geographically and temporally. Id. What constitutes a “legitimate…

Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

Trade secret litigation in Missouri can be complex. Such suits usually come about when an employee improperly accesses or discloses a trade secret of an employer/company/business. While most cases will center on whether certain information constitutes a “trade secret,” the definition of “misappropriation” is also very precise. Generally, both must be present to prevail on…

Trade Secrets: Business/Commercial Litigation/Disputes

Trade secret disputes usually involves high dollar litigation. Defining what constitutes a “trade secret” is a difficult trick. In broad, plain terms, trade secrets are pieces of information or documentation which are a given business’s work product and which it uses to compete in a particular marketplace. In more precise terms, the Missouri Uniform Trade…

Covenant Not to Compete Agreement: Saint Louis, Missouri

Non-Compete agreements have always been around, but it seems that they have come to the forefront in recent years. The purpose of a non-compete agreement is to protect an employer from unfair competition. Missouri law, then, balances the interest in having robust commercial activity against the interest of employers being subjected to an uneven playing…

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