Greg Wood successfully represented a prominent CPA firm against claims by a former client that the firm favored one partner over another when preparing tax returns for the partners individually and the partnership.
As part of Wood Litigation’s commercial litigation practice, the firm represents parties in disputes with business associates (partners, members of LLCs, shareholders), sometimes before the venture falls apart, sometimes after. In the particular case we are going to discuss here, the firm represented a partner who formally withdrew from his partnership. The lead partner of the partnership reacted poorly, telling ...
In my article Taking Clients With You, I put forward three distinct exceptions to the rule that customer lists are protectable: 1) the “already known” exception, 2) the “readily ascertainable” exception, and 3) the given-away exception. In this article, I explore the first “already known” exception in greater detail.
Since the California Supreme Court decision in Edwards v. Arthur Andersen, LLP, non-solicitation clauses have been held to be generally unenforceable. There were two exceptions to this general rule. Today, there may be none.
There is good news if you are thinking about leaving your employer and taking clients with you. In many instances, client contact information is not protected and can be used by a departing employee to compete with his former employer.