Lately, I have been considering how lucky I am to have great colleagues and friends who (unsolicited) choose to endorse me on my LinkedIn profile. Or maybe people just feel sorry for me because I have so fewer endorsements than others. If you are on LinkedIn, or even Facebook, you know of which I speak. Someone likes you, what you do or what you have said and chooses to tell the social media community all about it by providing you an endorsement, or a “like” for your work. This all seems great, right? A real love fest right here on my professional social media profile. How can that be bad? Who knows? Maybe it will drive more business my way too? What could be wrong with that?
Companies trust their employees with valuable resources, such as their trade secrets, confidential information, customer lists, and reputation. Companies often ask their employees to sign non-compete agreements in order to protect those assets. Reasonable non-compete agreements are enforceable in Ohio, but companies should be careful that their agreements cover everything the company wants protected. As a recent Ohio case makes clear, Ohio courts will not rewrite non-compete agreements in order to reach additional activities that the company neglected to include. Berk Ents., Inc. v. Polivka, No. 2012-T-0073 (Trumbull Cty.)
Less than a year after issuing its first ruling interpreting the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”), the Supreme Court heard oral argument last week in another case under the statute, Mississippi v. AU Optronics Corp., No. 12-1036. The Court will now consider whether CAFA’s definition of “mass action” applies to “parens patriae” lawsuits, which states can file to assert the general interests of their citizens.
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