Southeast Medical Products, Inc. v. Williams

718 So. 2d 306 (1998)

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Southeast Medical Products, Inc. v. Williams

Florida District Court of Appeal
718 So. 2d 306 (1998)

Facts

William Williams (defendant) was formerly employed by Southeast Medical Products, Inc. (Southeast) (plaintiff). Williams’s employment agreement with Southeast contained a noncompete clause effective for two years following any termination of Williams’s employment with Southeast. Williams’s employment was terminated in August 1989. An addendum to Williams’s employment agreement stated that, based on Williams’s termination date, the noncompete clause would expire in August 1991. In 1997, Williams entered into competition with Southeast. Southeast filed a breach-of-covenant claim against Williams, arguing that Williams had breached the noncompete clause. Southeast attached the employment agreement and the addendum to its complaint as exhibits. On motion from Williams, the trial court dismissed Southeast’s lawsuit, holding that the addendum itself refuted Southeast’s cause of action. Southeast appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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