California Restrictive Employment Covenants after Edwards

California Labor & Employment Law Review, Vol 23, No. 3, 2009

Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 1295606

10 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2008 Last revised: 22 Dec 2013

Date Written: November 4, 2008

Abstract

In Edwards v. Arthur Andersen, the California Supreme Court reaffirmed the state's strong policy against noncompetition agreements, rejecting the Ninth Circuit's "narrow restraint" exception. We explain what the Court did, why California's policy makes sense, and what the opinion will mean for employers, for the high-tech industry, and for trade secret law.

Suggested Citation

Lemley, Mark A. and Pooley, James H. A., California Restrictive Employment Covenants after Edwards (November 4, 2008). California Labor & Employment Law Review, Vol 23, No. 3, 2009; Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 1295606. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1295606

Mark A. Lemley (Contact Author)

Stanford Law School ( email )

559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
United States

James H. A. Pooley

Independent ( email )

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