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Moore v CAI: Non-Disclosure Agreement May Have Similar Effect to Non-Compete

In Moore v. CAI, a recent Washington Court of Appeals case, the Court discussed a number of important issues related to employment law.

Case Background Robert Moore worked at Commercial Aircraft Interiors LLC (CAI) as VP of sales and marketing. Moore was laid off by CAI in a general work force reduction. During his tenure with CAI Moore signed a document acknowledging that he understood and agreed to abide by CAI’s “policy of non-disclosure of any and all company policies, trade secrets, intellectual properties, and customer contacts to outside entities or persons.”

Moore sought employment from Volant, a CAI competitor. Volant was prepared to hire Moore, so long as CAI stipulated that such employment would not violate any agreement CAI had with Moore.

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