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Asked on: 3/19/09, 4:28 pm

Non-Compete with a closed franchise

I'm a mobile animal groomer. I signed a employment contract that included a non-compete when I was hired by a franchisee. The franchiser company closed his franchisee and as such I have been laid off. No one is buying 'my' boss's company, he's just closing it and suing the parent franchiser. Is the employment contract, specifically the non-compete clause, enforceable and if so, who would enforce it?

I would believe if there is no operating business, there would be no grounds for this, but I want to know if I should keep a lawyer 'in my back pocket' is case there are any problems.

Thanks for any help!

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