California's noncompetition rules are "very specific"

Although several states allow businesses to prevent former workers from competing with them after separation from employment, California has rather stringent guidelines. The California Supreme Court ruled in Edwards v. Arthur Anderson LLP that the state's noncompete covenants are highly restrictive and very precise in defining what is enforceable and what is not. As an example, competition is permitted if a former company doesn't divulge trade secrets while cultivating former clients.

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