32. The remaining 90% of Integra products currently sold by McNany do not compete with Stryker NSE products. With respect to Ridgeway`s assertion of the alleged reckless agreement, Ridgeway argues: “The District Court also erred in excluding two allegedly privileged emails showing that Stryker knew that Ridgeway had no non-competition. After all this, the court dismissed Stryker`s request for a summary assessment of the allegations of fraud and LUPTA. The court found that there was more than enough evidence for a jury to conclude that Ridgeway was not competing and that Stryker`s trial against him was a lie, which led to prosecutions for fraud and unfair business practices. Stryker Sales is a Michigan-based company, as is Stryker Corporation, the company that manufactures NSE products and services sold by McNany. Stryker`s main office is Michigan, and it has an interest in consistency and security in its personnel contracts across the country. “Because the working relationship was rooted in Michigan, the damage in Michigan would be felt by a Michigan company.” See Ridgeway, 2015 WL 5682317, at 6. In addition, Michigan`s public policy supports the application of the legislation. And as Stryker points out, Michigan law would apply without any provision on voting rights in Michigan, since Michigan is the most important related to this dispute in the circumstances of McNany`s employment and under the rule of . 188 the restatement. 72. McNany forwarded the non-competition clauses to Integra`s legal department and did not recall an interview with legal issues.
First, the Tribunal found that Stryker was likely to take over the argument that she violated her non-competition agreement. This agreement was actually quite reasonable. Under the agreement, Bruty was only prevented from working for a competitor who sold or developed products with which Bruty had worked or acquired knowledge during his work at Stryker. This type of restriction is significantly narrower than the typical “any competitor” restriction that many companies use in their non-compete agreements. It makes sense under the circumstances. Stryker is a huge company with many different divisions. A non-compete agreement designed to prevent former Stryker employees from working for any competitor would likely be out of date. Instead, Stryker used an agreement that was designed to prevent an employee from working with Stryker in a particular area and then working for a competitor in that area. This type of restriction is much more reasonable. Beyond the question of function or scope, the duration of the non-competition agreement was limited to one year. On the face of it, it appears to be a relatively reasonable non-competition agreement.
Stryker filed a complaint in the Western District of Michigan, in which he filed claims for breach, breach of trust obligation and misappropriation of business secrets. The sales agent then filed a complaint in the Eastern District of Louisiana, but the complaint was transferred to the Michigan Forum and consolidated in accordance with the “First to File” rule. The case was brought to justice and Stryker was successful and obtained a six-figure jury verdict, in addition to the salesman`s counter-claims. The salesperson turned to the 6th Circuit, in which he challenged the validity of the provisions relating to the choice of law and the choice of forum. The 6th circle rejected both arguments. She rejected the forum choice argument because Michigan law applied and “prioritized forum selection clauses.” However, the question of the choice of the law was a narrower one.