A recent Delaware Chancery Court decision addressed whether a restrictive covenant agreement was enforceable against a defendant who entered into that agreement willingly (and who waived his right to contest its reasonableness) as part of a sale of a business. Kodiak Building Partners, LLC v. Adams (Del. Ch. Oct. 6, 2022). The court held that the restrictive covenants were unreasonable in their geographic scope and scope of restricted activities because they were broader than necessary to protect the acquirer’s legitimate economic interests. This decision provides lessons for lawyers seeking to draft clear, effective and enforceable restrictive covenant provisions.
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