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Is Non-Compete in Purchase/Sale of Family-Owned Business Enforceable?

By on December 9, 2017 in Commercial, Contracts, Litigation-Business

Courts will generally enforce a non-compete agreement negotiated as part of a business sale as long as it is reasonable in geographic scope and duration, writes Michael P. Connolly in the Murtha Cullina Family Business Perspectives blog.

“What is reasonable will depend on factors such as the type of business being purchased, the pre-sale geographic reach of the business, and the consideration paid for the restriction on the seller’s future competition,” he explains. “Parties to a non-compete should therefore carefully consider these factors when drafting the agreement. The parties also should carefully define what type of ‘competitive’ conduct will be restricted.”

Connolly discusses the case of E.T. Products, LLC v. D.E. Miller Holdings, Inc., in which the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently addressed the enforceability of non-compete agreements that had been negotiated in connection with a sale of a business.

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