Appellate Court Finds Settlement for Payment of Bonus Enforceable Despite Breach of Non-Compete Clause

The Court of Appeal recently upheld a motion judge’s finding that an employer was required to pay a bonus despite the fact that the dismissed employee was in breach of a non-compete clause. In Wilson v. Northwest Value Partners Inc., the parties entered into a settlement at mediation regarding Wilson’s claim for benefits (inclusive of…

Appellate Court Finds Restrictive Covenant Not Enforceable Where Party Had No Legitimate/Proprietary Interest to Protect in Territory

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently found that a restrictive covenant was unreasonable because the respondent, who sought to enforce the covenant, did not have a legitimate or proprietary interest to protect within the territorial scope of the covenant. In MEDIchair LP v. DME Medequip Inc., the Court was asked to decide whether the application judge had erred in finding that the restrictive covenant (provided in the course of a sale of business) was reasonable in scope, having regard to the legitimate or proprietary interest of the respondent.

Court of Appeal for Ontario Considers Enforceability of Restrictive Covenants

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has affirmed that if restrictive covenants are to be enforceable, they must be properly drafted. In Eagle Professional Resources Inc. v. MacMullin, the Court upheld the finding of a motion judge that “non-competition” clauses in the employment contracts of employees who left the plaintiff’s employ and joined a competitor…