Non-compete cases that are well lawyered should be resolved early in the litigation process. Why do I say that? If the plaintiff is an aggressive former employer it will in most instances move for a temporary restraining order followed by an application for a temporary injunction in Texas state court. In that process a lot of things can happen. First, the parties will have appeared before a judge and gotten a flavor for how the judge will rule and what the judge thinks of each parties’ claims and defenses. Second, there may be expedited discovery including document productions and depositions. The judge may even order the case to mediation to avoid having to spend court time on a temporary injunction hearing – which is like a mini-trial.