A recent case out of Ohio offers an instructive lesson for those looking to probe the geographical limits of a non-compete agreement. A dentist sold his dental practice and also continued to work as an employee there. As part of the sale, he agreed not to compete for five years and was prohibited from working “within 30 miles” of the practice. The relationship between the parties deteriorated and the dentist went to work for a competing firm. The purchaser dentist filed suit claiming a breach of the non-compete.
The trial court ruled against the seller, noting that although the new
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