Category Archives: Law Reform

Abuse of Noncompete Agreements Highlighted in Recent News

Employers Under Fire for Using Noncompete Agreements to Depress Wages and Limit Employee Mobility Always a polarizing topic, the manner in which employers use — and far too often, abuse — noncompete agreements has been making national news lately.

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Massachusetts Noncompete Law Reform Efforts Fall Short, Again

As I have previously reported, the Massachusetts House and Senate recently passed competing versions of noncompete reform bills.  Although the two bills contained many of the same provisions, they also differed in material ways.  See Massachusetts Non-Compete Reform — Current … Continue reading

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Mass Senate Passes VERY Restrictive Non-Compete Reform Bill

On July 14, 2016, the Massachusetts Senate passed its own version of a non-compete reform bill that is MUCH more restrictive than the compromise bill passed unanimously in the House on June 29, 2016. The Senate’s action calls into question … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Non-Compete Reform — Current Status

The question of whether and how to reform the law governing employer use of non-compete agreements is the subject of hot debate on Beacon Hill.  As the current legislative session rushes to a close, the political maneuvering is intensifying.

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House Judiciary Committee Approved Trade Secret Bill on 4/20

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Senate adopted the Defend Trade Secrets Act.  (S. 1890)  As a clear indication of the strong bi-partisan support the bill enjoyed, the vote was unanimous (87-0).  Shortly afterwards, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte … Continue reading

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U.S. Senate Unanimously Approved Trade Secret Bill

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Senate adopted the Defend Trade Secrets Act.  As a clear indication of the strong bi-partisan support the bill enjoyed, the vote was unanimous (87-0). For prior posts which examined the DTSA in more depth, … Continue reading

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Recorded Webinar on Restrictive Covenant Strategies Available For Free Download

I recently presented a restrictive covenants strategies seminar entitled “Cutting-Edge Developments in Restrictive Covenants and Other Legal Tools for Protecting Competitive Advantages” live on 3/10/16 and via Webinar on 4/1/16.  If you missed both and are still interested in seeing … Continue reading

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Senate to Vote on Federal Trade Secret Bill on April 4, 2016

As I previously reported in this blog, the U.S. Senate is considering a bill that will create a uniform standard for trade secret misappropriation claims across the United States.  The bill, called the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, was … Continue reading

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Mass. House Speaker Pushes for Compromise on Noncompete Reform Legislation

In a somewhat surprising shift from his prior position, Mass. House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo today told the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce that he supports implementing specific limitations on noncompete agreements.  This clear support for a compromise from House … Continue reading

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Speculation about Noncompete Law Reform in Massachusetts Continues

Several bills designed to reform the law governing employers’ use of noncompete agreements in Massachusetts have been pending in the Massachusetts legislature for many months, with little news or activity to report.  As the reform efforts continue to percolate, speculation … Continue reading

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