Non Compete Agreements in New York
New York courts do honor non-compete agreements when they find that the restriction is both reasonable in time and geographic scope. It must also be based on a legitimate business need and not some generic notion about losing business. The restriction must also be no more restrictive than necessary to protect the legitimate business need. In fact, a court will modify a restriction if it finds that a less stringent restriction can offer the same protection.
A non-compete agreement is a form of restrictive covenant.