Arcadia, CA asked in Contracts and Intellectual Property for California

Q: I signed a non-compete with a toddler/ infant lifestyle company. Would a job at a children’s food company violate it?

I’m a freelance illustrator and am in a contract with no termination date with a toddler lifestyle company. There a potential job I’m interested in illustrating children’s books for an upstart children’s superfood and edutainment brand. Would this be a violation of my non compete even if their products do not coincide? What steps can I take to make sure I don’t violate the existing contract?

1 Lawyer Answer
Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan
  • San Diego, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: The generality is that non-compete agreements are not enforceable in California. That is only a generality. Situations exist where a service provider must not compete whether or not there is a non-compete agreement. Your question does not include facts that would be necessary to make a determination.

This is not a D-I-Y situation. It may be penny wise and pound foolish to think avoiding paying a lawyer will save you money.

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