HORSE MANURE is a backronym, though I don't remember what it means
How Ordinary Rabble States Etymology with Mangled Acronyms Naming Universal Random Epithets?
FREEDOM is a backronym, though I don't remember what it means
"Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet-collection and Online Monitoring Act."
I feel like I need to take a shower after just typing that load of horse manure...
Non-competes are basically unenforceable in California
Thats my understanding as well, which is why A123 sued in Massachusetts, and Apple tried (unsuccessfully) to move the case to California. According to Wikipedia the current applicable MA law states “A covenant not to compete is enforceable only if it is necessary to protect a legitimate business interest, reasonably limited in time and space, and consonant with the public interest”. The most recent test case I could find is IBM v. Papermaster (2009) involving (perhaps not coincidentally) Apple poaching. The court backed IBM and granted an injunction against Papermaster, citing and expanding "inevitable disclosure". Papermaster & Apple settled before trial, just like they did with A123.
Google, Microsoft, Apple and so on have all settled these cases in the last 10 years or so, so nothing has gone to trial so no case law has been established, but IBM v. Papermaster lays the groundwork for more enforcement of non-competes in some cases. IANAL but it seems the anecdotal assumption that "non-competes are basically unenforceable in xxx" may not be as absolute as we engineers assume it is.
- Ijaz has a non-compete clause in his contract,
- The other employees have a non-compete also
- Ijaz has a non-solicitation clause in his contract
- Apple knew about the clauses and enticed them to break them
- All the employees shared A123 proprietary knowledge and trade secrets with Apple
- Apple orchestrated all this to obtain trade secrets illicitly
- Ijaz attempted to solicit A123 partners on Apple's behalf
Yeah yeah, 'A123 claims' doesnt make it true. And, non-compete clauses may or may not be enforceable, though this type of situation may be one of the rare cases where it is. Still, if Ijaz had a contract to not solicit his former employees, thats enforceable, as is violating confidentiality, as is enticing people to break the law, as is conspiring to do so. I'd say it was far from a slam-dunk dismissal and there was enough risk that they settled. While A123 may have not had the resources to fight a protracted legal battle, their Chinese buyer apparently did.
Did we learn nothing from the "War on Drugs"?
We sure did! We learned that drugs are freely available, as long as the right people profit from them!
Good for them! Gaming the system to make a buck and help their employees at the same time. But this is not sheer altruism at work.
It was called the Apple Pippin
FTFL List price $599, units sold 42,000. Wow, thats a train wreck by any standard!
Overall, it's a bad idea anyway.
But but but... I'll get so many new Friend requests from Nigeria! Finally, I'll be *popular*!!!
FTA - enough to cover 17% of the earth, to a depth of 450 feet. (scribble scribble scribble carry the one, 2500 m3 per pool...)