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Milwaukee Linen Supply Co. v. Ring

Wisconsin Supreme Court
 246 N.W. 567 (1933)


Ring (defendant) worked as a linen deliveryman for Milwaukee Linen Supply Co. (Milwaukee Linen) (plaintiff). In 1930, Milwaukee Linen promoted Ring and gave Ring a raise. Ring signed a non-compete agreement stating that he would not solicit or divert customers from Milwaukee Linen for two years after he left Milwaukee Linen. The parties’ employment contract was at will. In 1932, Milwaukee Linen fired Ring, and Ring could not find acceptable employment outside of the linen business. Part of Ring’s difficulty in finding new work stemmed from Ring’s physical disability. Ring went to work for one of Milwaukee Linen’s competitors as a driver. The trial court found that the non-compete agreement was not reasonably necessary for Milwaukee Linen’s business and was unduly harmful to Ring. The trial court denied injunctive relief to Milwaukee Linen and entered judgment in Ring’s favor.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Fowler, J.)

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