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Law Regarding Enforcement of Noncompetition Agreements in Illinois Expands in Line with New York Law

January 04, 2012

By KENNETH W. GAGE & GISELLE PEREZ DE DONADO

An employer's ability to enforce a covenant not to compete varies from state to state. Until recently, the law in Illinois, the largest corporate hub in the Midwest, was muddled, which caused confusion for employers and practitioners alike. This month, the Illinois Supreme Court clarified the law regarding the circumstances in which a covenant not to compete can be enforced, and in doing so, the Court brought that state's law closer in line with the law in the State of New York.

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