As noted in a blog post in October 2009, in Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. v. Ehlers, 333 Ill.Dec. 791, 915 N.E.2d 862 (Ill. App. Ct. 2009), an Illinois appellate court reexamined and rejected over thirty years of well-established precedent regarding the enforceability of restrictive covenants. To date only one published decision, Aspen Marketing Services, Inc. v. Russell, No. 09 C 2864, 2009 WL 4674061 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 3, 2009), has cited Sunbelt. In that case, the Court noted its awareness of Sunbelt and its rejection of the legitimate business interest test, but applied that test anyway.
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