Many individuals and businesspeople ask if their contracts must be in writing to be legally enforceable.  The answer in North Carolina is that “it depends.”  It depends on the subject of the contract, the monetary value, and, in some cases, the length of time the contract is in existence.  Whether or not a contract must…

In Copypro, Inc. v. Musgrove, No. COA13-297 (N.C. App. Feb. 4, 2014), an employer (Plaintiff) sued its former employee (Defendant) for allegedly breaching a noncompetition agreement, also known as a covenant not to compete. The facts of the case were that the Defendant worked as a salesperson for Plaintiff in the office equipment business.  When he…

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