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M&A Confidentiality Term Permitted Seller’s Post Closing Use of Customer Info

Introduction A buyer of a business often pays a significant part of the purchase price for the company’s confidential information; such as customer contact information, pricing, cost structure and terms. As a result, the seller usually agrees in the purchase

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Court Restricts Company Seller’s Nationwide Noncompete to 3 States

Introduction The sale of a company usually comes with its goodwill. In fact, in many cases goodwill is the crown jewel of the business. The last thing a buyer wants, is to pay top dollar for the business only to

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Court concludes that seller of business did not breach implied obligation to not solicit former customers

Seller develops, markets, and sells a variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications. Seller’s Owner owns Seller and is Seller’s CEO, president and secretary. Buyer entered into the asset purchase agreement with Seller. Pursuant to the asset purchase agreement, Buyer paid approximately

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Employer breach of employment agreement results in no enforcement of employee non-compete

Employee began his career in physical therapy in 1994. He worked as an independent contractor until joining Target as an employee in 2008 to manage a number of physical therapy clinics in southern Delaware. In 2008, Employee and Target executed the

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Allegations were enough, if true to establish that business sellers breached their noncompetition, nonsolicitation and confidentiality covenants

Buyer is a full-service specialty contract manufacturer of automotive, household, insecticide, and pesticide aerosols, based in St. Clair, Missouri, about 50 miles southwest of St Louis. Target is a specialty chemical contract packager, which manufactures aerosols, liquids, and bag-on-valve products,

Posted in covenant not to compete, hiring seller's employees, no kickback or bribe rep, nondisclosure agreement, trade secret misappropriation

Buyer did not terminate employment agreements with owners of selling accounting firm for cause

In November 2014, Buyer, an accounting firm in Plymouth, Indiana (about 27 miles south of South Bend, Indiana) acquired Seller, an accounting firm in South Bend, through an asset purchase agreement. At the closing Buyer entered into employment agreements with

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Court says buyer of assets of business can enforce noncompetition agreement seller had with former employee

Seller, based in Billerica, Massachusetts (20 miles NNW of Boston) manufactured computer peripheral equipment. Former Seller Employee started working at Seller in 1982. He was promoted several times over the course of his employment, eventually becoming program manager in the

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Buyer of stock of title and escrow company can enforce noncompete and nonsolicitation provisions in target’s employment agreements

Target was a title and escrow company located in West Jordan, Utah (greater Salt Lake City area). Target’s Manager and Target’s COO/general counsel signed employment agreements with Target. Target’s Manager’s employment agreement, executed in August 2003, stated that she would

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Maryland court enforces boilerplate forum selection clause in confidentiality and noncompetition agreement against spouse and related companies of signatory

Buyer is a group of related Maryland companies founded in 1976 and has its world headquarters in Taneytown, Maryland (an hour NW drive from Baltimore). Buyer provides service and makes products in the commercial HVAC, industrial process, power, and industrial

Posted in covenant not to compete, enforce against nonparty, forum selection clause, nondisclosure agreement

Non-compete given by business seller’s owner to business buyer in employment agreement held by court to be unenforceable

Seller’s owner is a computer programmer who operated Seller, a Portland, Maine based business that provided data and consulting services for the tire and automotive industry. In November 2010, Buyer contacted Seller’s owner about purchasing Seller. Buyer is based in

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