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.
- Sherwin Williams v. Kuperschmidt. Represented employer in successfully negotiating settlement of covenant not to compete and unfair competition suit against former employee.
- Sherwin Williams v. Nevada Color. Represented employer in successfully negotiating settlement of covenant not to compete and unfair competition suit against former employees.
- 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.
- Achieved summary judgment in favor of employees who joined a competitor of 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- S & R Equipment Co., v. Stanley. Represented employer in successfully negotiating settlement of covenant not to compete suit against former employee.
- Sherwin Williams v. Biggers. Represented employer in successfully obtaining injunction enforcing covenant not to compete against former employee. 851 F. Supp. 839 (1994).
- 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
- April 24, 2018
- Butzel Long attorney Michael Griffie interviewed on WDIV-Local 4 regarding legal battle with LeBron JamesApril 24, 2018
- Butzel Long attorney Bernie Fuhs discusses the LeBron James The Shop lawsuit on Straight Aim with Amy DashApril 18, 2018
- Butzel Long attorney Bernie Fuhs discusses LeBron James and "Shop Talk" on WJR's Frank Beckmann ShowApril 18, 2018
- September 25, 2017
- Butzel Long attorney featured during ABA’s Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting in MexicoMarch 31, 2017
- January 26, 2017
- August 9, 2016
- May 22, 2016
- April 14, 2016
- January 26, 2016
- February 27, 2013
- Butzel Long attorney Bernard J. Fuhs featured during Walsh Institute Leadership Center Business Briefing on February 27 in NoviFebruary 14, 2013
- Butzel Long hosts 25th Annual Labor, Employment, and Immigration Law Forum November 8, 2012 in DearbornOctober 18, 2012
- Butzel Long hosts 24th Annual Labor, Employment, and Immigration Law Forum November 11, 2011 in DearbornOctober 27, 2011
- Butzel Long attorney Daniel B. Tukel to receive Thomas M. Cooley Law Review 2011 Distinguished Supreme Court Brief AwardJune 19, 2011
- June 9, 2011
- April 6, 2011
- Daniel B. Tukel now one of five Butzel Long attorneys who are Fellows to The College of Labor and Employment LawyersNovember 17, 2010
- October 14, 2010
- Butzel Long attorneys Phillip C. Korovesis and Bernard J. Fuhs co-author article in The Voice, a publication of The Voice of the Defense BarJuly 1, 2010
- November 23, 2009
- Butzel Long attorney Phillip C. Korovesis publishes guest article in Michigan Defense Trial Counsel publicationNovember 3, 2009
- Butzel Long attorneys file trade secrets caseSeptember 10, 2009
- October 22, 2008
- February 8, 2019
- January 11, 2019
- November 14, 2018
- February 12, 2018
- October 18, 2017
- Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Best Practices Released: What Every Company Needs to Know to Protect Their Trade SecretsJuly 7, 2017
- June 22, 2017
- New Federal Trade Secrets Law Offers the Automotive Industry Additional Arsenal to Fight Trade Secret TheftJune 14, 2016
- May 12, 2016
- April 28, 2016
- From Michigan to Washington: Proposed Legislation to Ban Non-Competes Could Have a Chilling Effect on Innovation and Economic GrowthMarch 12, 2015
- February 27, 2015
- May 28, 2014
- March 1, 2012
- September 1, 2011
- Automation Alley Newsletter - Time to Review your Employment Agreements: “Expired” is not the same as “Terminated” when it comes to enforcing restrictive covenantsAugust 1, 2011
- Client Alert - Trade Secret and Non-Compete - Time to Review your Employment Agreements: “Expired” is not the same as “Terminated” when it comes to enforcing restrictive covenantsJuly 27, 2011
- December 22, 2008