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Noncompete disputes: IBM files lawsuit against former executive

Posted by William J. Cook | Feb 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

The technology industry is an ever-expanding field where companies are constantly thinking up ways to keep up with or stay ahead of rivals. Due to the competitive nature of this field, individuals in Florida may seek to hold the best position available at all times, which could lead to changes in employment from time to time. While such a change might not be all that uncommon and mostly uneventful, if the move is in violation of one's employee contract, noncompete disputes may arise.

IBM has reportedly filed a lawsuit against a former executive following her recent decision to accept a position with rival company Microsoft. According to IBM, the woman had worked for the company for as many as 20 years and was privy to proprietary information. IBM asserts that the act is in direct violation of her noncompete agreement and is seeking to bar her employment for the duration of the agreement.

IBM also claims that it would be nearly impossible for the former employee to avoid using this inside information at her new place of employment. However, representatives from Microsoft assert the company is not seeking to make use of this information in any way. Microsoft reportedly argues that her noncompete agreement is too broad, and claims that IBM is seeking to use it to prevent her from working for any company it deems as a competitor.

For individuals who are facing complex noncompete disputes, seeking guidance in the early stages is generally advisable. When facing a similar situation, a person could consult with an experienced attorney for guidance in navigating the process. An attorney can help a client in Florida gain a better understanding of the situation and provide him or her with assistance in pursuing the most favorable outcome achievable.

Source:, “IBM sues Microsoft's new chief diversity officer over non-compete agreement“, Todd Bishop, Feb. 12, 2018

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