We’ve written about non-competes involving firework choreographers, dog groomers, dance instructors, recruiters, executives, and salespeople.  The point is they run the gamut.  Periodically we will cover some of the more interesting cases out there.  Here’s what’s happening:

 The Florida Tatoo Artist

In a case  from last year, a Florida court enforced a non-compete agreement against

                                              

Last year there was discussion about the DOJ’s investigation of alleged improper hiring practices by companies like Google, Intel, IBM, and Apple.  Apparently, the DOJ has stepped up the investigation according to a Wall Street Journal article.  According to the article, the inquiry focuses on a pact amongst technology giants not to hire each other’s

                                          

In July we discussed IBM’s non-compete case against former director David Johnson.  The trial court denied IBM’s injunction and IBM appealed to the Second Circuit.  The Second Circuit denied IBM’s appeal. 

The summary order addressed IBM’s failure to show a likelihood of success on the merits:

We do not reach the question because IBM failed

                        

In a recent non-compete decision, Federal District Court Judge Steven Robinson denied an injunction sought by IBM to keep a former vice-president, Steven Johnson, from going to work for Dell.  The court rejected IBM’s contention, that Johnson had access to trade secrets:

The court believes . . . that IBM has overstated its case.  Mr. Johnson does not