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Noncompete Agreement


Asked on May 19, 2023

Noncompete agreement choice of law?

I recently accepted a job offer with a new employer and they sent me a Noncompete Agreement to sign. I have some questions about the agreement, specifically related to the choice of law. My former employer and I are in different states, and I want to make sure I understand the implications of the agreement before signing.

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Answered 420 days ago

Venus C.

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Congratulations on your new job. Generally, a choice of law clause contained in a non-compete agreement indicates which state law will govern the contract. By way of general example, let's pretend we have a non-compete agreement that states the choice of law is Florida. Let's also pretend the parties to this agreement had a dispute and one party filed a lawsuit against the other in the state of New York. In this pretend scenario, because the parties agreed Florida to be their choice of law for the non-compete agreement, the court in New York would abide by that contractual agreement and apply Florida law. While choice of law clauses are commonly used to indicate what law will apply to a contract, the language used or omitted plays a significant role in their interpretation and enforceability.

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