Non-Compete Contracts Enforced by Illinois Supreme Court, Strengthening Position of Employers

In Reliable Fire Equipment Co. v. Arnold Arredondo, 2011 III. LEXIS 1836 (December 2011), the Illinois Supreme Court reversed a ruling by a trial court after a trial. The trial court had refused to uphold a restrictive covenant, ruling that no legitimate business interest was served by the provision. The Illinois Supreme Court reversed that decision, holding that the totality of the circumstances should have been considered.

This ruling may strengthen the position of Illinois employers and should prompt a review of restrictive covenants by corporate officers assisted by in-house or outside counsel. For free copies of the opinion, call or write us.


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