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What Remedies Are Available for a Breach of a Non-Compete Agreement?

Posted on in Business Law

FL business lawyerMany businesses rely on non-compete agreements to protect their interests. These types of agreements are often included in employment contracts or severance agreements, although they may also be used in partnership agreements or other types of business contracts. The purpose of a non-compete agreement is to make sure a person who has inside information about a company will not use this information to engage in unfair competition, such as by starting their own company or working for a competitor. If a company finds that a person who was subject to a non-compete agreement violated its terms, it may need to determine whether to pursue business litigation. By understanding the remedies that may be ordered by a court to address the violation of a non-compete agreement, a business can seek the proper forms of relief during litigation.

Options for Addressing Non-Compete Agreement Violations

Typically, non-compete agreements will restrict a person from engaging in certain activities, and these restrictions will usually apply within a certain geographic area and for a limited time period. During litigation, if a company can show that a former employee or another party violated the terms of a non-compete agreement, it may ask the court to take certain actions, including:

Injunctive relief - A person may be required to follow the terms of a non-compete agreement and cease any and all actions that violate the agreement’s terms. This may mean that they will be required to stop working for a competitor or move to a different position that is not in direct competition with their former employer. A person who has started their own business may be required to cease certain activities, such as contacting their former employer’s clients or providing services that directly compete with the company where they used to work.

Compensatory damages - A company may ask that a former employee compensate them for the losses they experienced because of the breach of the non-compete agreement. For example, if the company lost out on a significant contract because a former employee contacted the client and offered similar services at a lower price, the company may seek repayment for the amount it would have received under that contract. If a court finds in favor of the plaintiff, the defendant may also be required to pay the plaintiff’s attorneys’ fees and court costs.

Punitive damages - If a breach of a non-compete agreement involved malicious conduct, meaning that a person meant to cause their former employer to suffer financial harm, a court may require the person to pay monetary damages as a form of punishment for wrongdoing. These types of damages may also be awarded if the violation of an agreement involved illegal activity, such as fraud or anti-competitive practices.

Liquidated damages - In some cases, a non-compete agreement may include terms that specify the amount of damages that will apply if a person violates the agreement. Litigation may seek to enforce these terms and require the person to pay the specified damages.

Contact Our Broward County Non-Compete Agreement Lawyer

If your business needs to enforce non-compete agreements with former employees or other parties, The Elliot Legal Group, P.A. can help you understand your options. We will provide you with representation during litigation and advocate on your behalf to ensure that the proper actions will be taken. Contact our Dania Beach business litigation attorney at 754-332-2101 to get the legal help you need.

Sources:

https://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2018/0542.335

https://www.investopedia.com/terms/n/noncompete-agreement.asp

 

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