NewLife Sciences, Inc. v. Weinstock, 197 Cal. App. 4th 676 (2011)

NewLife terminated the employment of Ronald Weinstock, the purported inventor of a Therapeutic Magnetic Resonance Device (“TMRD”), which NewLife had purchased approximately one year before the termination. In connection with its purchase of the TMRD, NewLife had obtained a non-compete covenant, which prohibited Weinstock from competing for five years after the termination of

Silguero v. Creteguard, Inc., 187 Cal. App. 4th 60 (2010)

Shortly after Creteguard hired Rosemary Silguero, her former employer (FST) contacted Creteguard and “requested the cooperation and participation of [Creteguard] in enforcing the confidentiality agreement [between Silguero and FST], including those provisions prohibiting Silguero from all sales activities for 18 months following Silguero’s departure or termination from FST.” In response to the letter

Asset Marketing Systems, Inc. v. Gagnon, 542 F.3d 748 (9th Cir. 2008)

Kevin Gagnon, doing business as “Mister Computer,” alleged that his former customer, Asset Marketing Systems (“AMS”), infringed his copyright in six computer programs that he wrote for AMS by continuing to use and modify them without his consent and that AMS misappropriated trade secrets contained in the programs’ source code. After AMS

Edwards v. Arthur Andersen LLP, 44 Cal. 4th 937 (2008)

CPA Raymond Edwards II was hired in 1997 as a tax manager for the Los Angeles office of the now defunct accounting firm Arthur Andersen LLP (“Andersen”). As a condition of his employment, Edwards was required to execute a noncompetition agreement that prohibited his (1) “perform[ing] professional services” for 18 months post-termination on behalf

Alliant Ins. Services, Inc. v. Gaddy, 159 Cal. App. 4th 1292 (2008)

Alliant Insurance Services purchased a competing insurance brokerage company from G. Scott Gaddy for $4.1 million and then employed him under a senior management agreement. Both the purchase and employment agreements contained covenants whereby Gaddy agreed not to compete with Alliant or to solicit Alliant’s or Gaddy’s clients for three years following

Huong Que, Inc. v. Luu, 150 Cal. App. 4th 400 (2007)

After Mui Luu and Cu Tu Nguyen sold Huong Que, Inc. (the “most well known, recognized and trusted brand name for traditional style Vietnamese calendars”) to Con Tu, they agreed to remain employed as the company’s “managing agents.” The sales agreement contained a covenant not to compete whereby Luu and Nguyen agreed not

Edwards v. Arthur Andersen LLP, 142 Cal. App. 4th 603 (2006)

Raymond Edwards II, the former tax manager for the Los Angeles office of the now defunct accounting firm Arthur Andersen LLP, had executed a non-competition agreement that prohibited him from performing professional services for 18 months post-employment for any client whose account he had handled during the final 18 months of his employment

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. v. Batra, 430 F. Supp. 2d 158 (S.D.N.Y. 2006)

While working as Global General Brand Manager for Estée Lauder, Shashi Batra (a resident of San Francisco) signed a non-compete agreement that prohibited him from competing with the company anywhere in the world for a period of 12 months after his employment ended. Batra had worldwide responsibilities for two of

Biosense Webster, Inc. v. Superior Court, 135 Cal. App. 4th 827 (2006)

Biosense, a manufacturer and seller of electrophysiology catheters and anatomical mapping devices, had its employees sign non-competition agreements prohibiting them from providing services to “conflicting organizations” for 18 months after leaving Biosense. After three of its former employees went to work for St. Jude Medical, one of its competitors, Biosense threatened St.

Bennett v. Medtronic, Inc., 285 F.3d 801 (9th Cir. 2002)

Medtronic, Inc. sued three of its former California employees and their new employer, NuVasive, in Tennessee following the employees’ resignation from Medtronic and acceptance of employment with NuVasive, one of Medtronic’s competitors in the business of designing and manufacturing spinal surgery devices. Among other things, Medtronic sought to enforce a non-competition agreement the employees