Noncompetes are generally thought of as unique agreements given the varying way states view the restrictive covenants imposed on employees by such agreements. The U.S. Supreme Court recently clarified that that Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U. S. C. §1 et seq., requires arbitration, not litigation, as the proper dispute resolution method for determining enforceability

As a business “deal” is coming together, the parties often wrestle over whether to start the documentation with a “letter of intent” (LOI) or simply proceed to the actual contracts. While different situations demand different answers to that question, here are some important considerations with respect to what may work best for you.

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In D.L. Anderson’s Lakeside Leisure Co. v. Anderson, 2008 WI 126 (filed 2 Dec. 2008) the Wisconsin Supreme Court addressed the interplay between tradenames, noncompete agreeements, and tort law. Anderson involved an asset purchase agreement whereby Seller agreed to sell certain assets, including seller’s tradename, to buyer and seller agreed to a noncompete agreement with