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Jimmy John’s Employees Required to Sign Noncompete – A Legal Absurdity

When professional colleagues first sent me links to reports that Jimmy John's requires new employees to sign two-year noncompete agreements, I thought "The Onion is somehow behind this."  But, according to nationwide reports, this is not a joke. According to numerous reports, this is the how the covenant reads: "Employee covenants and agrees that, during his or her employment with the Employer and for a period of two (2) years after … he or she will not have any direct or indirect interest in or perform services for … any…
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October 22, 2014
Noncompete Agreements

North Carolina Court of Appeals Permits Judicial Revision of Noncompete If Contract Permits It

North Carolina's "blue pencil" rule has historically restricted North Carolina trial courts faced with a noncompete agreement that is overbroad as written.  The traditional rule was that the court could only cross out any severable, unenforceable provisions and then determine if what was left after the "blue pencil" was used would still be enforceable. (more…)
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August 6, 2014