...now a judge has the ability to revise an agreement if they feels it is too broad.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) May 08, 2012
On Monday April 30th Lee Kantor, co-host of Results Matter Radio led a spirited discussion about Georgia’s new non-compete employment statute – House Bill 30. State Representative Wendell Willard, who represents the 49th District in the Georgia House of Representatives and is one of the co-sponsors of the statute, and Burr & Forman attorney William (Chip) Collins Jr joined Kantor in the studio.
Willard is one of the co-sponsors of the statute and Collins heads Burr & Forman’s new non-compete and trade secrets group – he is also the editor of their new Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Law blog.
The statute became effective a year ago in May of 2011 and drastically changed the legal landscape for non-competes and nondisclosure agreements. In the past, courts in Georgia have had problems with those agreements, but this new statute puts Georgia more in line with all the other states. Under the new statue, courts have the authority to “blue pencil” agreements signed on or after May 11, 2011 rather than reject them outright based on one issue.
Collins says “this is a sea change...now a judge has the ability to revise an agreement if they feels it is too broad.” Willard noted that “territory changes” are a good example of where the “blue penciling” could come into play.
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