THE GILLETTE COMPANY vs. CRAIG PROVOST, JOHN GRIFFIN, WILLIAM TUCKER, DOUGLAS KOHRING and SHAVELOGIC, INC.

Docket: CIVIL ACTION NO. 2015-0149-BLS2
Date: September 22, 2015
Parties: THE GILLETTE COMPANY vs. CRAIG PROVOST, JOHN GRIFFIN, WILLIAM TUCKER, DOUGLAS KOHRING and SHAVELOGIC, INC.
Judge: /s/Janet L. Sanders

MEMORANDUM OF DECISION AND ORDER ON PLAINTIFF’S MOTION TO DISMISS COUNTERCLAIMS

The Gillette Company (Gillette) brought this action against four former employees (collectively, the “individual defendants”) alleging that they misappropriated Gillette’s trade secrets to develop a wet shaving razor for defendant ShaveLogic, LLC (ShaveLogic). Count III of the Complaint asserts that the individual defendants violated Chapter 93A §11. They now move to dismiss that count on the grounds that the wrongdoing alleged (the misappropriation of confidential information) grew out of their employment with Gillette and that disputes arising from such a relationship are not actionable under Chapter 93A. Manning v. Zuckerman, 388 Mass. 8, 12-15 (1983). Relying on Informix v. Rennell, 41 Mass.App.Ct. 161, 162-163 (1996) (Lenk, J.), the defendants argue that the fact they were no longer employees of Gillette when they made use of the confidential information is of no consequence, since there would be no wrongdoing to complain of without the confidentiality agreement that was part of their original employment relationship. This Court finds this argument to be quite persuasive.

In opposing the motion, however, Gillette relies on Specialized Technology Resources, Inc. v. JPS Elastomeric, Corp., 80 Mass.App.Ct. 841 (2011) (Greene, J.). As in the instant case, the plaintiff there alleged that the individual defendant obtained certain trade secrets during his employment with plaintiff, then in breach of a confidentiality agreement that was part of his employment contract, misappropriated that information when he went to work for the defendant JPS. Upholding the judge’s finding of liability on the 93A clam, the Appeals Court held that the former employer-employee relationship between the plaintiff and the individual defendant “does not stand as a bar” to the chapter 93A claim and that his conduct was “actionable independent of his contractual obligations.” Id. at 847. Defendants maintain that Specialized was wrongly decided and that, if confronted with the same issue, the Supreme Judicial Court would come to a contrary conclusion. This Court is inclined to agree.

To dismiss this Count in the face of binding precedent to the contrary would not be appropriate, however. This issue is best addressed on a fuller record or even after a trial on a motion for a judgment notwithstanding the verdict if that becomes necessary. Accordingly, the Motion is DENIED, without prejudice.

/s/Janet L. Sanders
Justice of the Superior Court

Fortune Cites Beck Reed Riden LLP’s 50-State Noncompete Agreement Survey

FortuneThe online edition of Fortune magazine features an article that cites to Russell Beck’s research and writing about noncompete agreements. The recent article about non-competition covenants is titled “Non-Compete Agreements Are Bad for the Little Guy and Bad for the Larger Economy.” The article is by Fortune’s senior writer, Barb Darrow.

The story considers the position that non-compete agreements are bad for businesses and the economy. The article mentions Beck Reed Riden LLP’s 50 State Noncompete Survey as follows:

Prospective employees in high-tech often have to sign these agreements as a condition of employment. As of now, every state except Oklahoma, California, and North Dakota has non-compete provisions in some form. Even California appears to have some restrictions related to trade secrets, according to a survey by Boston law firm Beck Reed Riden.

In related news, in May 2016, the White House issued a report entitled, “Non-Compete Agreements: Analysis of the Usage, Potential Issues, and State Responses,” also relying in part on Beck Reed Riden LLP’s research and analysis, including its 50 State Noncompete Survey.

For up-to-the-minute analysis of legal issues concerning noncompete agreements in Massachusetts and across the United States, read Russell Beck’s blog, Fair Competition Law.

Beck Reed Riden LLPBLF 2014_Silver_Generalis among the leading authorities in trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition law, and our experience handling these matters is backed by our extensive employment law and business litigation experience. Our hand-picked team combines attorneys with complementary expertise and practical experience. The Wall Street Journal featured Beck Reed Riden LLP’s noncompete agreement experience.

Russell Beck’s work in this area is well recognized; it includes:

  • Over sixteen years of working on trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition matters

  • Authoring the book Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (5th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2015), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete cases

  • Drafting and advising on legislation for the Massachusetts Legislature to define, codify, and improve noncompetition law

  • Teaching Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law

  • Founding and administrating the award-winning blog, Fair Competition Law

  • Establishing and administrating the Noncompete Lawyers and Trade Secret Protection groups on LinkedIn, with over 750 members around the world

  • Founded and chaired the Trade Secret / Noncompete Practice for an AmLaw 100 firm

In addition, Russell was honored for his work in this area of law in the 2014 Chambers USA Guide, which explained that “Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP specializes in noncompete litigation and is a trade secrets expert. He comes highly recommended by his peers for his nationwide practice in this niche. ‘He’s fantastic,’ sources say.”

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor and employment. We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

Stephen Riden To Moderate BBA Panel

ridenStephen Riden will moderate a panel at the Boston Bar Association titled “Business Litigation Session: Year In Review.” Stephen is member of the BBA’s Business and Commercial Litigation Section. The panel will be co-moderated by Cynthia M. Guizzetti of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

BBAThe event will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2016, from 4:00 to 5:30 PM at 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA. More information and registration is available here.

The panel features all four Massachusetts Superior Court Judges who are currently assigned to the Business Litigation Session:

  • Hon. Janet L. Sanders, Superior Court
  • Hon. Kenneth W. Salinger, Superior Court
  • Hon. Mitchell H. Kaplan, Superior Court
  • Hon. Edward P. Leibensperger, Superior Court

The Business Litigation Session of the Superior Court (BLS) provides a forum for business and commercial disputes. The BLS consists of two full time sessions committed to the timely and efficient resolution of commercial disputes and other complex cases. The BLS handles a wide array of cases, including matters involving corporate governance, professional malpractice claims, consumer class actions, trade secret cases, insurance coverage disputes, and variety of commercial contract disputes.

Beck Reed Riden LLPBLF 2014_Silver_Generalis Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor and employment. We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

Russell Beck to Speak on Federal Trade Secrets Law

Russell BeckRussell Beck will be giving a seminar titled “The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: What You Need To Know.” The seminar is sponsored by the American Law Institute and will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2016, from 2 to 3 PM EDT. Registration and more information is available here.

The American Law Institute describes the upcoming seminar as follows:

American Law InstituteTrade secret theft has been a nightmare for employers and available legal tools to fight it were relatively weak. That changed on April 27 of this year, when in a departure from the partisan gridlock that has gripped Washington, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing a sweeping new statute to protect trade secrets, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The DTSA creates a new federal civil cause of action for trade secret theft, as well as an ex parte seizure provision to prevent dissemination of misappropriated trade secrets.

Join us for this concise one-hour program, presented by two nationally recognized experts, and get the information you need to advise your clients on this new legislation and how it can be used to protect their vital trade secrets.

Russell will be presenting with Claire Laporte of Foley Hoag LLP, Boston.

Russell’s seminar this week follows a recent series of his presentations across the country about the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.

Beck Reed Riden LLPBLF 2014_Silver_Generalis among the leading authorities in trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition law, and our experience handling these matters is backed by our extensive employment law and business litigation experience. Our hand-picked team combines attorneys with complementary expertise and practical experience.

Russell Beck’s work in this area is well recognized; it includes:

  • Over sixteen years of working on trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition matters

  • Authoring the book Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (5th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2015), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete cases

  • Drafting and advising on legislation for the Massachusetts Legislature to define, codify, and improve noncompetition law

  • Teaching Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law

  • Founding and administrating the award-winning blog, Fair Competition Law

  • Establishing and administrating the Noncompete Lawyers and Trade Secret Protection groups on LinkedIn, with over 750 members around the world

  • Founded and chaired the Trade Secret / Noncompete Practice for an AmLaw 100 firm

In addition, Russell has been repeatedly honored for his work in this area of law in the Chambers USA Guide, which explained that “Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP specializes in noncompete litigation and is a trade secrets expert. He comes highly recommended by his peers for his nationwide practice in this niche. ‘He’s fantastic,’ sources say.”

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor and employment. We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

Russell Beck Ranked by Chambers

Russell BeckRussell Beck‘s experience with noncompete and trade secret matters is lauded in the 2016 Chambers USA Guide.

According to Chambers:

Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP is highly praised by peers, who commend his “impeccable credentials,” in the employment arena, and identify him as an “expert in noncompetition and trade secret laws.” He is an accomplished advocate in both trial and appellate courts, as well as mediation and arbitration proceedings.

Russell was first ranked by Chambers USA in its 2010 guide.

Beck Reed Riden LLPis among the leading authorities in trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition law, and our experience handling these matters is backed by our extensive employment law and business litigation experience. Our hand-picked team combines attorneys with complementary expertise and practical experience.

Russell Beck’s work in this area is well recognized; it includes:

  • Over sixteen years of working on trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition matters

  • Authoring the book Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (5th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2015), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete cases

  • Drafting and advising on legislation for the Massachusetts Legislature to define, codify, and improve noncompetition law

  • Teaching Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law

  • Founding and administrating the award-winning blog, Fair Competition Law

  • Establishing and administrating the Noncompete Lawyers and Trade Secret Protection groups on LinkedIn, with over 750 members around the world

  • Founded and chaired the Trade Secret / Noncompete Practice for an AmLaw 100 firm

In addition, Russell has been repeatedly honored for his work in this area of law in the Chambers USA Guide, which explained that “Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP specializes in noncompete litigation and is a trade secrets expert. He comes highly recommended by his peers for his nationwide practice in this niche. ‘He’s fantastic,’ sources say.”

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor and employment. We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

Russell Beck’s Presentations on the Defend Trade Secrets Act

Russell BeckRussell Beck is giving a series of presentations across the country about the Defend Trade Secrets Act.

In May 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”)—a law that is arguably the most significant development in trade secrets law in over 30 years—putting trade secrets on par with other intellectual property.

On May 24, Russell spoke on a panel at the Boston Bar Association titled “The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: A Federal Private Action for Global Unfair Competition.” The presentation focused on the anticipated utility of the new federal law:

Last month, responding to estimated annual losses to foreign thieves of $300 billion of trade secrets and 2.1 million jobs, Congress voted nearly unanimously (Senate 87-0, House 410-2) to enact the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”).

Will the new ex parte seizure provision adapted from anti-counterfeiting law help stem these losses?  Or does the existing Economic Espionage Act of 1996 framework into which DTSA was inserted expose American companies to claims of misappropriation in foreign territory?

On May 26, Russell appeared with a panel on a webinar hosted by the American Intellectual Property Law Association titled “Are you ready for the Defend Trade Secrets Act?” The presentation focused on what practitioners need to know and do regarding the DTSA. The panelists discussed the law’s addition of federal jurisdiction as an option for litigants, the statute creates opportunities and uncertainties around how and where to file litigation, as well as how to deal with combined state and federal claims.

White HouseOn May 26, Russell also gave a presentation with a panel at the Massachusetts Bar Association titled “What’s Mine is Mine — Trade Secrets: The new federal private right of action for misappropriation of trade secrets.”

On May 27, Russell and Stephen Chow, of Burns & Levinson, LLP, gave a seminar at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education titled “‘1st Look at the Defend Trade Secrets Act.” The MCLE seminar focused on the impact of the DTSA on companies’ ability to protect their trade secrets, the potential ramifications of missteps along the way, and the risks to U.S. companies and others. A recording of this webcast is available online from MCLE.

In addition, on May 19, Russell moderated a panel discussion at the American Intellectual Property Law Association‘s 2016 Spring Meeting Session in Minneapolis, MN. The AIPLA presentation was titled “Corporate Practice/ Trade Secret Law” and it focused on topics including the ethics of monitoring employees for security breaches and the use of restrictive covenants for in-house counsel.

On June 13, 2016, Russell will be a panelist at the 8th Annual Symposium on Non-Compete Agreements and Trade Secrets in Boston. The Boston Bar Association is sponsoring the Symposium, which will be held on Monday, June 13, 2016, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at 16 Beacon Street in Boston. Registration information is here.

BLF 2014_Silver_GeneralBeck Reed Riden LLPis among the leading authorities in trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition law, and our experience handling these matters is backed by our extensive employment law and business litigation experience. Our hand-picked team combines attorneys with complementary expertise and practical experience.

Russell Beck’s work in this area is well recognized; it includes:

  • Over sixteen years of working on trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition matters

  • Authoring the book Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (5th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2015), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete cases

  • Drafting and advising on legislation for the Massachusetts Legislature to define, codify, and improve noncompetition law

  • Teaching Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law

  • Founding and administrating the award-winning blog, Fair Competition Law

  • Establishing and administrating the Noncompete Lawyers and Trade Secret Protection groups on LinkedIn, with over 750 members around the world

  • Founded and chaired the Trade Secret / Noncompete Practice for an AmLaw 100 firm

In addition, Russell has been repeatedly honored for his work in this area of law in the Chambers USA Guide, which explained that “Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP specializes in noncompete litigation and is a trade secrets expert. He comes highly recommended by his peers for his nationwide practice in this niche. ‘He’s fantastic,’ sources say.”

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor and employment. We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

Hannah Joseph Featured in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 9.32.09 AMScreen Shot 2016-03-09 at 9.33.24 AMA recent edition of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly features Hannah Joseph in a story titled “Small-firm associates band together to create group of ‘colleagues’.”

The story is about the Boston Associates’ Networking Group (BANG), which was co-founded by Hannah and Jessica L. Conklin (of Laredo & Smith LLP).

Massachusetts Lawyers WeeklyThe article describes the idea behind BANG and quotes Hannah as follows:

It all started with a humor column in a bar association publication about ways to relax while waiting for bar exam results. The piece resonated with Jessica L. Conklin, so she decided to invite the author, Hannah T. Joseph, a fellow Boston College Law School alum, to coffee.

Before the two Boston associates knew it, they were bonding over their shared experience of working at a boutique law firm, both grateful for the variety of work and opportunity for informal interactions with partners.

But they also lamented that their big-firm peers had a benefit unavailable to them: a ready-made group of other associates with whom to discuss legal issues and form social ties.

So Conklin and Joseph decided to replicate the connection they had made with each other on a larger scale. Earlier this year, they formally launched the Boston Associates’ Networking Group — or BANG — for associates at small and midsize firms and in-house legal departments.

“When you’re in a room or on a floor with 15 to 20 other associates, there’s a word-of-mouth information exchange that happens naturally. We’re trying to re-create that,” says Joseph, who practices at Beck, Reed, Riden.

The article notes BANG’s growth and connection to the Boston legal community:

The group, which now includes some three dozen members from about 30 firms and companies, meets for a monthly lunch sponsored by one of the members’ firms. The willingness of those firms to host BANG “speaks volumes” about their support, according to Joseph.

“They realize that an important part of practicing law in Boston is engaging in the legal community,” she says.

The article is by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s reporter, Sheri Qualters.

You can visit BANG’s website at www.bang-law.com.

BLF 2014_Silver_GeneralBeck Reed Riden LLPis Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor and employment. We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

Russell Beck Named Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America

Russell BeckRussell Beck has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation.

Litigation Counsel of America Blue box new badge FAccording to the LCA, the number of Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity and inclusion to align effectively, with recognition of excellence in litigation across all segments of the bar. Fellows are generally at the partner or shareholder level, or are independent practitioners with recognized experience and accomplishment. In addition, the LCA is dedicated to promoting superior advocacy, professionalism and ethical standards among its Fellows.

BLF 2014_Silver_GeneralBeck Reed Riden LLPis Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor and employment. We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

 

Hannah T. Joseph Selected for Boston Bar Association’s Public Interest Leadership Program

Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 9.32.09 AMHannah T. Joseph has been selected to join the Boston Bar Association’s Public Interest Leadership Program class of 2016-2017. Hannah was chosen based on her demonstrated dedication to public service and history of organizing bar action. She now joins 16 of her professional peers, representing a variety of practice areas, to engage in the 14-month intensive program.

Now in its 13th year, the Public Interest Leadership Program engages selected attorneys to advance their roles in public service and leadership in the legal community. During the 14-month program, PILP members will have the opportunity to, among other things, connect with leaders at meetings and events, and to work together to grow a philanthropic program from inception to fruition. The 2016-2017 class members join 153 notable PILP alumni in their mission to provide leadership and service.

Hannah is a third-year associate at Beck Reed Riden LLP, specializing in complex business litigation, trade secret and noncompete matters, and employment law. She currently serves as the Boston Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Committee Co-Chair. Prior to that, she served as a liaison between the BBA’s Intellectual Property Law Section and the New Lawyers Section. In addition to her work with the BBA, Hannah is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts. Hannah is Co-Founder of the Boston Associates’ Networking Group (BANG). She is also a proud Big Sister with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.

Beck Reed Riden LLPBLF 2014_Silver_Generalis Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor and employment. We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

White House Report on Noncompete Agreements Relies on Beck Reed Riden LLP’s Analysis

 

White HouseOn May 5 2016, the White House issued a report entitled, “Non-Compete Agreements: Analysis of the Usage, Potential Issues, and State Responses,” relying in part on Beck Reed Riden LLP’s research and analysis, including its 50 State Noncompete Survey.

As the White House explains, “[t]o address issues that limit competition in the marketplace, the President has instructed executive departments and agencies to propose new ways of promoting competition and providing consumers and workers with information they need to make informed choices, in an effort to improve competitive markets and empower consumers’ and workers’ voices across the country.”

The White House summarizes some of the effects of noncompete agreements as follows:

The main economically and societally beneficial uses of non-competes are to protect trade secrets, which can promote innovation, and to incentivize employers to invest in worker training because of reduced probability of exit from the firm.

However, evidence indicates that non-competes are also being used in instances where the benefit is likely to be low (e.g., where workers report they do not have trade secrets), but the cost is still high to the worker.

The White House cites Beck Reed Riden LLP’s research, which was previously featured in the Wall Street Journal, as follows:

A 2013 study commissioned by the Wall Street Journal signals either a rise in the prevalence of non-competes, or significant growth in their enforcement. The law firm Beck Reed Riden LLP found a 61 percent rise from 2002 to 2013 in the number of employees getting sued by former companies for breach of non-compete agreements.

The White House brief also cites the recently issued report from the United States Department of the Treasury entitled, “Non-compete Contracts: Economic Effects and Policy Implications,” which also relied in part on Beck Reed Riden LLP’s research on nocompete agreements.

The White House report concludes that state legislatures will continue play a significant role in the use and enforcement of noncompete agreements, and indicates that President Obama’s Administration will be focusing its attention on such agreements as follows:

In some cases, non-compete agreements can play an important role in protecting businesses and promoting innovation. They can also encourage employers to invest in training for their employees. However, as detailed in this report, non-competes can impose substantial costs on workers, consumers, and the economy more generally. This report informs future discussions and potential recommendations for reform by providing an overview of the research on the prevalence of non-competes, evidence of their effects, and examples of actions states are taking to limit the use and enforcement of unnecessary non-competes.

There is more work to be done. The Administration will identify key areas where implementation and enforcement of non-competes may present issues, examine promising practices in states, and identify the best approaches for policy reform.

The White House’s press release on today’s report was penned by Ryan Burke, a Senior Policy Advisor in the National Economic Council. A full copy of the White House non-compete agreement brief can be downloaded here.

For up-to-the-minute analysis of legal issues concerning noncompete agreements in Massachusetts and across the United States, read Russell Beck’s blog, Fair Competition Law.

eck Reed Riden LLP is among the leading authorities in trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition law, and our experience handling these matters is backed by our extensive employment law and business litigation experience. Our hand-picked team combines attorneys with complementary expertise and practical experience.

The Wall Street Journal featured Beck Reed Riden LLP’s noncompete agreement experience.

Russell Beck’s work in this area is well recognized, and includes:

  • Over twenty five years of working on trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition matters
  • Authoring the book Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (5th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2015), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete matters
  • Authoring the book Trade Secrets Law for the Massachusetts Practitioner (1st ed. MCLE 2019), covering trade secrets nationally, with a focus on Massachusetts law
  • Drafting and advising on legislation for the Massachusetts Legislature to define, codify, and improve noncompetition law
  • Teaching Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law
  • Founding and administrating the award-winning blog, Fair Competition Law
  • Establishing and administrating the Noncompete Lawyers and Trade Secret Protection groups on LinkedIn, with over 1,600 members around the world
  • Founded and chaired the Trade Secret / Noncompete Practice for an AmLaw 100 firm

In addition, Russell was honored for his work in this area of law in the 2019 Chambers USA Guide, which stated that Russell Beck is a “terrific” attorney, who “is an excellent choice of counsel regarding noncompete agreements and the resolution of restrictive covenant disputes.” Chambers noted that Russell “basically wrote the new Massachusetts statute on noncompetes” and that “he’s an expert in employee mobility and nonrestrictive covenants.”

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and employment. We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

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