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Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, Inc., No. 1223 MDA 2013

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Consideration Required to Bind Existing Employees to Noncompetes, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds

Jackson Lewis P.C. • December 01, 2015
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that a non-compete signed during the course of employment, without additional consideration, is not enforceable even though the agreement stated that the parties “intend to be legally bound.” Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, Inc.

Consideration Required to Bind Existing Employees to Noncompetes, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds

Jackson Lewis P.C. • November 30, 2015
n employee is not bound by a noncompete agreement signed during the course of his employment if he was not offered additional consideration, even though the agreement expressly stated the parties “intend to be legally bound,” the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has held in a 4-1 decision. Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, Inc., No. 142 MAP 2014 (Nov. 18, 2015).

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds Uniform Written Obligations Act Does Not Allow Employer To Enforce Noncompete Unsupported By Consideration

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • November 30, 2015
In Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, Inc. (No. J-40-2015), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on an issue of first impression: whether the state’s Uniform Written Obligations Act (“UWOA”) allows employers to enforce a noncompete given to an employee while already employed without providing consideration. On November 18, 2015, the high court affirmed a Pennsylvania Superior Court’s May 2014 decision, ruling that without valuable consideration, noncompetes are unenforceable.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds Uniform Written Obligations Act Does Not Allow Employer To Enforce Noncompete Unsupported By Consideration

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • November 24, 2015
In Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, Inc. (No. J-40-2015), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on an issue of first impression: whether the state’s Uniform Written Obligations Act (“UWOA”) allows employers to enforce a noncompete given to an employee while already employed without providing consideration. On November 18, 2015, the high court affirmed a Pennsylvania Superior Court’s May 2014 decision, ruling that without valuable consideration, noncompetes are unenforceable.