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Asked on: 2/21/05, 2:29 pm

Trade Show Competition

A small group of Sales representatives are planning a trade show at the same time as that of an established trade show.(in a differnt location within the same city) In the flyer advertising the small groups trade show the statement ''in conjunction with another area show'' was used. The established trade show has asked the Small group to cancel its trade show because the established show owner feels that it is infringing on his show. Does the Established show owner have any viable legal recourse if the small group doesn't cancel its show? The established show owner has submitted a non compete contract for the small group to sign. This is because some lines would be represented at both shows. If the Small group agrees to sign the non compete agreement, the established show owner would allow the show to continue without taking legal action. The non compete agreement is very restictive as to posssible future shows. Is such an agreement legally binding for the future?

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