I signed a non - compete when I first started working as an independent contractor . The industry is INTERNET services . The clause states that for 3 years I cannot " compete , solicit , or - accept - business from any customer or - potential - customer " of company ( emphasis added by myself ) . I decided to compete anyway , and I got served with a non - compete breach of contract . From reading NY law , 3 years is often too long , especially in the on line space . And one could argue that potential client's without geographic restrictions ( since it's INTERNET , doesn't matter where the client is located ) is too broad as well . Am I correct ? In the end , I did get sued , and they request relief only for 6 months . Is this their attempt at making the N . C . less broad ? Can they win this ? I'll be talking to an atty .
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