Alabama has a new restrictive covenant statute.  A few weeks ago, Alabama Governor Bentley signed new legislation which will repeal the 1975 version of Alabama Code Section 8-1-1 titled “Contracts restraining business void; exceptions” and replace it with a new version effective January 1, 2016.

The new law stakes out the permissible scope and purpose of restrictive covenants such as non-compete and non-solicitation agreements.  Unlike some other states with restrictive covenant statutes, Alabama’s new law codifies a middle-of-the-road approach to restrictive covenants.  Essentially, it allows non-compete and non-solicitation clauses for many employees provided they contain reasonable restrictions.  In explaining
Continue Reading A Dash of Certainty – Alabama’s New Restrictive Covenant Statute

A recent Alabama Court of Appeals case, Jones v. Hamilton, Case No. 2081077 (January 22, 2010), illustrates how a failure to take reasonable steps to maintain the confidentiality of documents and information will result in the loss of trade secret status.
Continue Reading Lack Of Reasonable Protective Measures Costs Trade Secret Status