Monthly Archives: November 2007

Non-Compete Related Counterclaim Slapped Down By Massachusetts Anti-SLAPP Law

A recent decision illustrates the risks for defendants in non-compete cases who go on the offensive by asserting counterclaims against former employers. In a 2006 opinion, the Massachusetts Business Litigation Session awarded a defendant in a non-compete case significant damages after the defendant proved that the plaintiff had filed the lawsuit for improper competitive purposes. Yet, in a recent decision, the same court dismissed a defendant’s counterclaim, ruling that the counterclaim was based solely on the plaintiff’s filing of the lawsuit and that the plaintiff’s claims were reasonably based in the facts and the law.

In Brooks Automation v…. More