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Aaron Mintz v Priority Sports

Aaron Mintz v Priority Sports

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PlaintiffAaron
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allegesuponknowledgewithrespecttohisownacts,anduponinformationand
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beliefastoallothermatters,asfollows.
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INTRODUCTION
1.TheStateofCaliforniahasafundamentalpublicpolicyagainst
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contractsthatpreventworkersfromengagingintheirlawfulbusinessendeavors.
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CaliforniaBusinessandProfessionsCode
§
16600providesinpertinentpartthat
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"everycontractbywhichanyoneisrestrainedfromengaginginalawfulprofession,
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trade,orbusinessofanykindistothatextentvoid."
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2.Thiscaseconcernscertainpost-employmentrestrictivecovenantsthat,
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asamatteroflaw,areunenforceableintheStateofCalifornia.Mintzisanathlete
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agentrepresentingprofessionalbasketballplayers.OnMarch23,2012,Mintz
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resignedfromBartelsteintojoinanothersportsagencyinLosAngeles,California.
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MintzresidedandworkedinLosAngeles,California,throughouthisII-year
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employmentwithBartelstein.HisemploymentcontractwithBartelsteinprovided
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that,afterasix-monthprobationaryperiod,BartelsteincouldterminateMintz's
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employmentforanyreason,ornoreasonatall,butMintzwaspurportedly
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precludedfromcompetingwithBartelsteinfortwoyearsaftersuchtermination.
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TheemploymentcontractfurtherprovidedthatBartelsteincouldterminateMintz's
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employmentwithoutnotice,butthatMintzhadtoprovideatleast14daysnotice.
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Thisunilateralnoticeperiodisaseparateandindependentunlawfulrestrainton
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Mintz'sabilitytocompete.
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3.ThesportsagencyforwhichMintzintendstoworkisaBartelstein
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competitorlocatedinLosAngeles,California.AnyinjunctionprecludingMintz
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fromcompetingwithBartelsteinafterseparationfromemploymentwouldentail
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enforcementoftherestrictivecovenantsinCalifornia.Therefore,therestrictive
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covenantsareenforceableonlytotheextentpermittedunderCalifornialaw.The
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post-employmentrestrictionscontainedinMintz'semploymentagreementarevoid
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andunenforceableunderCalifornialaw.MintzisfreetocompetewithBartelstein,
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andtoserviceanyofhisformerclientswhomaychooseto
hire
him.Therefore,
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Mintzisentitledtoajudicialdeclarationthattherestrictivecovenantsarevoidand
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unenforceable.
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4.Mintzseekstoengageinbusinesswithprofessionalbasketballplayers
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whoareorwillbeformerclientsofBartelsteinandwhodesireMintztoprovide
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servicestothem.
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5.Mintzseeksadeclarationthattherestrictivecovenantsarevoidand
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unenforceableunderCalifornialaw,sothatMintzmayrepresenthisformerclients
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inconnectionwithhisnewemployment.
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6.Ifenforced,thenoncompetitionprovisionsinMintz'semployment
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contractwouldprohibitMintzfromrepresentinghisformerclients,thusimpairing
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hisabilitytogeneratesubstantialcommissionsfromathleteswhothemselvesearn
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substantialcompensationinsalary,marketingcontracts,andcommercial
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opportunities.
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JURISDICTIONANDVENUE
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7.ThisCourthasjurisdictionoverthesubjectmatterofthisaction
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pursuantto28U.S.C.
§
1332.
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8.Thepartiesareofdiversecitizenship.MintzisacitizenoftheStateof
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CaliforniaandresidesinLosAngeles,California.Bartelsteinisacorporation
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organizedunderthelawsoftheStateofIllinois,withitsprincipalplaceofbusiness
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inChicago,Dlinois.
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9.Theamountincontroversyexceeds$75,000,exclusiveofinterestand
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costs.EnforcementofthenoncompetitionclausewouldcauseMintztoloseincome
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inanamountsignificantlyinexcessof$75,000.Typically,representation
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agreementswithathletesprovidefortheagenttoreceiveascompensationforhis
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servicesapercentageofthegrossvalueofallexistingandfuturecontractsand2

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