The Texas Supreme Court has issued an opinion this morning holding that noncompetition agreements supported by stock options and good will are not unenforceable as a matter of law.  I previewed this case here.  As I have time to digest the majority, concurring and dissenting opinions, I’ll provide more thoughts on this case. You

Many times one competitor sues another competitor over the hiring or two or more employees (whether over allegations of a breach of contract or misappropriation of trade secrets), the Complaint will make allegations of employee "poaching".  This gives rise to the question about whether Texas recognizes a cause of action for one competitor’s poaching of another competitor’s

I’ve previously written about the specific requirements that must be included in a covenant not to compete with a licensed physician to make the restrictive covenant enforceable.  The Dallas Court of Appeals recently affirmed a trial court’s decision that a noncompetition agreement between a surgical practice and several limited-partner physicians was unenforceable because the agreement lacked one of the statutorily required

A trial court’s order granting or denying a temporary injunction in a noncompete case is rarely reversed by the court of appeals.  This week the Fourteenth Court of Appeals took the unusual step of reversing a trial court’s denial of an employer’s application for temporary injunction seeking to prohibit a former employee from engaging in certain

Since the Texas Supreme Court’s Sheshunoff and Mann Frankfort opinions, Texas appellate courts have, with increasing frequency, enforced covenants not to compete in the employment context.  Gone are the days when noncompetition agreements were difficult to draft and enforce in Texas.

In Gallagher Healthcare Insurance Services v. Vogelsang, the First District Court of Appeals in

In addition to containing reasonable restrictions as to time, geographic scope and scope of activity to be restrained, Texas imposes additional requirements for enforceable covenants not to compete with licensed physicians.  Those additional requirements include that the covenant: 

  1. not deny the physician access to a list of his patients whom he had seen or treated

In a recent opinion of the Dallas Court of Appeals, the Court held that an insurance brokerage and consulting service firm’s noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreement obtained in return for an award of stock options to an employee was unenforceable under Texas law. (See opinion here).

Rex Cook was a long-term employee of Marsh USA, Inc. Prior