A recent column in the Houston Chronicle relies in part on Beck Reed Riden LLP’s 50 State Noncompete Survey.

The article is titled “Noncompete agreements create modern-day servitude.” The story  blends opinions, facts, and arguments to support the position that non-compete agreements are bad for businesses and the economy. The author is Chris Tomlinson, a columnist who writes about business, energy and economics for the Houston Chronicle.

Houston Chronicle story features the account of Maxie Foster, a former employee of a Massage Envy franchise in Texas. According to the story, when Ms. Foster “got a better-paying job at another massage and beauty store, the owners of the million-dollar franchise launched a legal battle that has left Foster forbidden from working in her field, collecting food stamps and representing herself in a $100,000 lawsuit against corporate lawyers.”

The story cites Beck Reed Riden LLP’s state-by-state analysis of non-compete agreements as follows:

Nationally, the number of noncompete lawsuits filed against employees has risen 61 percent between 2002 and 2013, according to the … law firm Beck Reed Riden.

This article also appeared in the Australian Financial Review.

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 and trade secrets 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.

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 2016 Chambers USA Guide, which explained that “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.

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