Where Is That Line in the Sand?

Noncompetes are very much like that old comedy spoof where you see Mel Brooks drawing a line in the sand with his foot and standing behind it proudly with his arms folded across his chest. We all know what comes next, the other man continually walks past it. The process is repeated until it is obvious that Mel is just plain not going to win. Recently in my world, a topic came up which seemed to shadow this game. It was in regard to consultants and noncompete agreements. There was a discussion around where to draw the line with what we can or cannot put into a noncompete contract we enter into with vendors–in other words, what a vendor would agree to as far as restrictions. How far could we push our desires and still come up with regulations that a vendor would agree to–and that would hold up in a court of law.

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