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LITIGATION OVER NONCOMPETE PACTS ON RISE

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As many executives are taking extra measures to protect their companies during the economic downturn, employment attorneys are seeing an increase in litigation around trade secrets. Even in these tough economic times, top-performing employees can be offered positions elsewhere, and companies want to be prepared for that, says Marguerite Walsh, a shareholder at employment law firm Littler Mendelson. Don Schroeder, a partner in the labor and employment practice of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, says he is seeing a 15% to 20% jump in trade secret litigation around noncompete agreements. Because the industry is still growing, staffing companies are becoming more protective of their customer lists, he says.

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