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Turnell v. Continental CentiMark Corp.

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
796 F.3d 656 (2015)


James Turnell (plaintiff) worked for Continental CentiMark Corporation (defendant), a commercial roofing company. Turnell’s contract had a number of covenants restricting his ability to work with a competitor if he left the company. CentiMark fired Turnell, and Turnell began working for a competitor, Windward Roofing and Construction, Inc. CentiMark demanded that Turnell stop working for Windward, but Turnell refused. Turnell sought a declaratory judgment that the restrictive covenants were unenforceable. CentiMark filed a motion for a preliminary injunction, seeking to enjoin Turnell from working for Windward. Turnell testified that he knew of the covenants in his contract, but disregarded them because he needed a job. The district court granted an injunction. Under the district court’s order, Turnell was permitted to continue working for Windward, but could not sell to CentiMark’s customers. Turnell appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Kanne, J.)

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