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Data Management, Inc. v. Greene

Alaska Supreme Court
757 P.2d 62 (1988)


Facts

Data Management, Inc. (Data Management) (plaintiff) employed Greene (defendant). Data Management required Greene to sign an agreement not to compete with Data Management in Alaska for five years after termination. Greene was terminated. Shortly after Greene’s termination, Data Management filed suit against Greene and Van Camp, another employee, in Alaska state court seeking to enforce the terms of the covenant not to compete. The trial court granted a preliminary injunction enjoining Greene and Van Camp from providing computing services to twenty-one individuals in Alaska. Later, the trial court granted summary judgment to Greene and Van Camp, holding that the covenant not to compete was completely unenforceable. Data Management appealed.

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Holding and Reasoning (Matthews, C.J.)

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  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

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