Veterinarian Non-Compete Held Unenforceable in Virginia

In Farm Veterinary Servs. v. Novak, 61 Va. Cir. 584 (2001), a group of veterinarians had non-compete contracts with their employer. The veterinarians resigned and began competing with their former employer. The employer sued for breach of contract. The judge held that the non-compete was overbroad, unreasonable, and unenforceable as a matter of law, and dismissed the lawsuit. The veterinarians’ non-compete contract imposed a $30,000 penalty if the veterinarians

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