From our private database of 34,000+ case briefs...
Comprehensive Technologies International v. Software Artisans, Inc.
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
3 F.3d 730 (1993)
Comprehensive Technologies International (CTI) was a company that made software for personal computers. CTI’s software occupied a narrow niche in the software market. Several employees, including Dean Hawkes (defendant), left to work for a company called Software Artisans (SA) (defendant). Hawkes had signed a termination agreement that stated he would not disclose or use any confidential information and he would not compete with CTI, solicit CTI’s customers, or employ CTI’s current or former employees for one year after leaving. During Hawkes subsequent employment by SA, a competitor of CTI that developed the same types of software, he solicited CTI’s former employees. CTI sued Hawkes along with SA and several other defendants in federal district court. The noncompetition agreement restricted Hawkes from working at any competitor nationwide for an entire year. The district court found that the agreement was too restrictive and invalidated it. CTI appealed to the Fourth Circuit.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Williams, J.)
Concurrence/Dissent (Murnaghan, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 607,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 607,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 34,000 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.