Originally Posted by Kyoung05
California. Business and Professions Code Â§ 16600 provides that "every contract by which anyone is restrained from engaging in a lawful profession, trade, or business of any kind is to that extent void."
In Morris v. Harris, a California court held that the section invalidates agreements that seek to prevent former employees from accepting work from any of the former employer's clients. Further, according to Diodes, Inc. v. Franzen, a former employee may also solicit employees from his or her former employer if unlawful means or acts of unfair competition are not used.
That's very interesting. Was this a decision from the Supreme Court of California?
In my experience (Ohio law), a complaint for breach of a non-compete goes hand in hand with a claim of misappropriation of trade secrets. If one doesn't get you, the other will.