The November 4, 2013, online edition of The National Law Journal features Russell Beck in an article about violating nonsolicitation agreements through the use social media titled “LinkedIn Post Likely Didn’t Violate Non-Compete Clause.”  The article is by Sheri Qualters, National Law Journal reporter covering intellectual property.

National Law Journal

The story focuses on the issues surrounding application of restrictive covenants like nonsolicitation agreements to social media.

Addressing the application of Massachusetts noncompete law by the Massachusetts Superior Court in KNF&T Inc. v. Muller, Russell Beck states:

Massachusetts law on what constitutes solicitation in the world of social media is still developing. But the preliminary injunction order seems to allow the type of announcements courts previously allowed in trade newspapers . . . .

Russell Beck also summarizes the law on solicitation through a LinkedIn post:

“Merely announcing your new job on LinkedIn, without more, is generally not going to be considered a violation of most non-solicitation agreements,” he said. “The fact that a LinkedIn announcement reaches a narrow, perhaps relatively-targeted audience, or remains visible for an extended period, does not change its fundamental character.”

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Beck 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.

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

  • Eighteen years of working on trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition matters
  • Authoring the book Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (4th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2010), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete cases
  • Drafting and advising on the current bill pending before 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 1,000 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 2013 Chambers USA Guide, which identified Russell as one of its “Notable Practitioners,” stating, “The highly regarded Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP has an excellent reputation for his work on trade secret and noncompete issues.

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