____Business disputes come in a multitude of varieties. Mr. Levin has litigated cases involving non-competition agreements, wrongful interference with business, failure to pay, breach of exclusive agency agreements and breach of contract in a variety of circumstances. In a notable case, while working as attorney for the City of Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Levin successfully defended the City in a suit brought against it in federal court by Anheuser-Busch, Inc., alleging that a City ordinance which placed a restriction on the location of billboards advertising the sale of beer violated Anheuser's First Amendment rights. Mr. Levin was successful in the case at every level of the federal court system, including the U.S. Supreme Court. If you retain Mr. Levin in a business dispute, he will represent you zealously and effectively.
Business Disputes FAQs
Are non-competition clauses enforceable in Colorado?
Colorado statute prohibits many types of covenants not to compete, including any covenant not to compete that restricts the right of any person to receive compensation for performance of skilled or unskilled labor. However, Colorado law permits non-competition covenants in limited circumstances, including those involving executive and management personnel and officers and employees who constitute professional staff to executive and management personnel. When a covenant not to compete is statutorily permitted, it is enforceable only if it is reasonable in duration and geographic scope. To be reasonable, a noncompete agreement must not be broader than necessary to protect the promisee's legitimate interests, and it must not impose hardship on the promisor. Covenants not to compete for terms up to five years and within distances of 100 miles are commonly upheld.
When can "wrongful interference with business" lead to liability?
The tort of intentional interference with contractual relations is committed when one intentionally and improperly interferes with the performance of a contract between another person and a third person by inducing or otherwise causing the third person not to perform the contract. The term "improper" requires courts to examine several factors before determining whether a person's intentional interference with a contract is actionable. There is a difference between lawful competition and wrongful (or "tortious") interference with the business relations of another. Generally, tortious interference with contractual rights must involve a wrongful act or a legal act performed in an unlawful manner.
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