Non-Compete & Trade Secret

As both local and national businesses endure the most trying economic times in over eighty years, it is imperative that business executives protect their proprietary information and client and customer relationships. Now, more than ever, competition for market share is fierce, and some businesses are resorting to simply taking their competitors market share by luring away their competitors key employees, and in turn, obtaining their competitors confidential and proprietary business information and most valued customer relationships.

Butzel Long attorneys practicing in the areas of Non-Compete and Trade Secret law possess a wealth of knowledge and extensive courtroom experience in representing and counseling clients in Non-Compete, Trade Secret and other competitively sensitive business disputes. Our team of attorneys have extensive local and national experience in auditing businesses and ensuring pro-active measures are set in place to protect against information and customer theft. Butzel Long also has a litigation team ready to move at a moments notice when a violation occurs. Over the past ten years, Butzel Longs Non-Compete and Trade Secret team have counseled and successfully litigated issues and matters in over 35 states.

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  • Defended against claim by a Professor against university and his department chair for alleged theft of intellectual property; summary disposition granted in favor of university; affirmed by Michigan Court of Appeals
  • Superior Consultant Co., Inc. v. Walling. Represented employer in successfully obtaining injunction enforcing covenant not to compete against former employee. 851 F. Supp. 839 (1994).
  • Red Group v. Gattari. Successfully defended former employee in two lawsuits initiated by former employer alleging violations of a covenant not to compete and related claims.
  • Defended a major financial management company against numerous claims for violation of non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements over a ten year period.
  • Achieved summary judgment in favor of employees who joined a competitor of former employee
  • Defended and won summary judgment in favor of former employees dismissing claims brought by employer alleging breaches of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, and tortious interference with business opportunities.
  • Sherwin Williams v. Biggers. Represented employer in successfully obtaining injunction enforcing covenant not to compete against former employee. 851 F. Supp. 839 (1994).
  • Sherwin Williams v. Nevada Color. Represented employer in successfully negotiating settlement of covenant not to compete and unfair competition suit against former employees.
  • Omega Productive Services v. Mack. Represented employer in successfully obtaining injunction and then negotiating settlement of covenant not to compete suit against former employees and new employer.
  • Epoch Tristar v. Bixby. Defended former employee in lawsuit initiated by former employer alleging violations of a covenant not to compete and related claims. Successfully pursued counterclaim and negotiated settlement.
  • Sherwin Williams v. Kuperschmidt. Represented employer in successfully negotiating settlement of covenant not to compete and unfair competition suit against former employee.
  • S & R Equipment Co., v. Stanley. Represented employer in successfully negotiating settlement of covenant not to compete suit against former employee.
  • Superior Consultant Co., Inc. v. DeSimone. Represented employer in successfully obtaining injunction and then negotiating settlement of covenant not to compete suit against former employee and new employer.