Written by Jennifer Rubin
A federal district court in Washington has confirmed that an employer’s relationship with the cows that its employees serviced is insufficient to establish a legitimate protectable interest to enforce a non-compete.
Yes, the court’s decision in Genex Cooperative, Inc. v. Contreras not only confirmed that bovine inseminators were free to solicit their prior clients (and cows), but the case provides some good reminders about drafting enforceable non-competes.
The case involved three bovine inseminators who, unhappy with their wages and working conditions (which included the failure to adhere to state minimum wage laws) quit their jobs with Genex and, the next day joined its competitor CRV USA — who immediately put them to work inseminating the cows of Genex customers. Continue Reading