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Welcome to Georgia Non-Compete.com.

We developed this blog to provide timely and important legal updates and helpful insights for employers, employees and attorneys. Be sure to check this blog regularly as a valuable resource to keep you abreast of non-compete, trade secret and other competition-related legal issues in Georgia as well as other significant updates from other states.

We hope you will find this blog useful and informative.

Benjamin Fink and Neal Weinrich


Internet Behemoths Battle Over Employee

By Neal Weinrich

An interesting battle is brewing between Google and Amazon over a former employee who left Amazon to join Google.  Amazon has sued the former employee, and now Google is seeking to intervene to try to protect its trade secrets and confidential information.  Here is a link to a …

Bi-Partisan Bill Introduced in the House of Representatives Would Create a Private Right of Action for the Trade Secret Theft Under Federal Law

By Benjamin Fink

This week, a bi-partisan bill was introduced in the House of Representatives that would create a private right of action for trade secret theft under federal law. The Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014 (the “TSPA”) was introduced by representatives on the house judiciary committee and would create …

House Bill 322: A Proposal to Balance Competing Concerns with Respect to Physician Restrictive Covenants

By Neal Weinrich and Joshua Joel*

Physician non-compete agreements implicate two conflicting public policy considerations: the legitimate business interests of medical practices in protecting against unfair competition and doctors’ ethical obligations with respect to patient care.

With respect to this second consideration, long term stability in a patient’s relationship with his or her …

Is Legislative Hostility to Non-Competes Heating Up?

By Benjamin Fink

As regular readers of this blog may recall, we have previously questioned whether greater enforcement of non-competes is good policy and good for economic development.  In 2009 when the Georgia General Assembly was considering legislation to make non-competes significantly easier for employers to enforce against former employees, we …

Trade Secret Protection Versus Public Access to Records: Deal v. Coleman

By Collin L. Freer

As the Georgia Trade Secrets Act (O.C.G.A. section 10-1-760 et seq.) illustrates, the state’s public policy favors the protection of trade secrets.  At the same time, as the Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. section 50-18-70 et seq.) demonstrates, the state also has a longstanding public policy interest …

Direct Response Products: Round Two

By Collin L. Freer

In my last entry, I discussed pleading standards for non-compete cases as addressed in Direct Response Products, Inc. v. Thomas, 2013 WL 5890473 (N.D. Ga. Nov. 1, 2013).  The companion case, Direct Response Products, Inc. v. Roderick, 2013 WL 5890407 (N.D. Ga. Nov. 1, 2013), considers a …