Having a non-compete agreement is an essential step in securing your business assets, almost like insurance, from one of the most damaging types of the potential employee theft; theft of your clients. Unfortunately, a signed agreement is only the first step. Once an ex-employee violates that agreement and begins stealing from you, you need the right lawyer and investigator to enforce the agreement, stop them from stealing your clients and compensate you for the damages they caused. Non-compete agreement enforcement begins with gathering evidence.
At ASG, we have assisted hundreds of businesses and owner groups to help enforce non-compete agreements.
Effectively, we have two ways of going about this. The first is to identify and document whatever business the violator is conducting through interviews, document retrieval and background checks. Establishing a timeline of events and documenting the proof of business transactions is crucial. You need a trained investigator who can read between and beyond the lines to not only document the violations that are easy to see, but to also locate other instances that have yet to be uncovered. As the investigation unfold, ASG will help legal your legal counsel to target additional avenues to send subpoenas to further the evidence collection process.
The second way that ASG frequently collects evidence for non-compete agreement enforcement is by conducting surveillance of the offender and sometimes even their partners or proxies. Surveillance is unique and powerful evidence that demonstrates the violator’s actions in an undeniable way.
If you are seeking help with non-competition agreement enforcement, call one of our team today. We can walk you through the process, help you to determine if an investigation is appropriate and, as always, the consultation is guaranteed to be confidential by law.