Choose your words carefully when using noncompetition agreements

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Many courts are generally reluctant to enforce noncompetes. And sometimes employers make their tasks even easier.

For example, I read a state appellate court decision last night in which a company tried to enforce a three-year, thirty-mile noncompete against its former nurse practitioner that would prevent her from “provide[ing] services involving the medical field of allergy or immunology.”

Three years and thirty miles sound pretty aggressive, and the trial court agreed that the geography alone was unreasonable. But it also refused to enforce the agreement for another reason when the plaintiff sued to enjoin the defendant from

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