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Edwards v. Arthur Andersen LLP, S147190

Business and Professions Code section 16600 prohibits employee noncompetition agreements unless the agreement falls within a statutory exception. Further, a contract provision whereby an employee releases "any and all" claims does not encompass nonwaivable statutory protections, such as the employee indemnity protection of Labor Code section 2802.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/08/2008
  • Published 08/08/2008

Judges

  • CHIN, J.

Court

  • Supreme Court of California

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Law Offices of Richard A. Love, Richard A. Love, Beth A. Shenfeld, Los Angeles;  Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland, Marc J. Poster and Robin Meadow, Los Angeles, for Plaintiff and Appellant., Kastner Banchero, Eric C. Kastner, Palo Alto, and Scott R. Raber as Amici Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff and Appellant., Feldman Gale, James A. Gale, Miami, FL, Todd M. Malynn, Los Angeles, and Michael J. Weber, Palo Alto, for St Jude Medical, S.C., Inc., Pacesetter, Inc., and Advanced Bionics Corporation as Amici Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff and Appellant., Law Offices of Jeffery K. Winikow and Jeffrey K. Winikow, Los Angeles, for California Employment Lawyers Association as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff and Appellant., Mark A. Lemley, San Francisco;  Morrison & Foerster and James Pooley, Palo Alto, for Professors and Writers of Learned Treatises as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff and Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Latham & Watkins, Wayne S. Flick, Yury Kapgan, Los Angeles, Kristine L. Wilkes, Colleen C. Smith, Shireen M. Becker, San Diego;  and Sharon A. McFadden for Defendant and Respondent., Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, Paul Grossman and Jennifer S. Baldocchi, Los Angeles, for California Employment Law Council and Activision, Inc., as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Respondent., O'Melveny & Myers, Scott H. Dunham, Los Angeles, and Christopher W. Decker for Employers Group as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Respondent.

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