The inclusion of non-compete agreements in employment contracts is not new. For a long time, senior officials with access to top-secret information have been forced to sign non-competition bans – limiting the type of work an individual can accept for a period of time after leaving a company – in order to prevent them from going to a competing company (with valuable and exclusive information) and/or to deter their rivals from yelling at senior executives. On June 12, 2003, the accused told Nike of his intention to resign. He sent a letter on the subject on June 18, 2003. On July 2, 2003, Nike replied in writing to the defendant that it intended to comply with the terms of its non-competition agreement.  (d) McCarthy received and signed the non-compete agreement on March 27, 1997. Lang said the Nike contest was so wide that Woo would be prohibited from “working as a janitor in a t-shirt store.” In addition, just three days before leaving Nike, Dolce sent an email to her personal email account with strictly confidential design design designs on a new shoe designed for one of Nike`s sponsored athletes. On their last day at Nike, the defendants reportedly announced on social media their membership of Adidas and announced the Adidas brand in violation of their competition bans with Nike. As Betsey Pearce – the behind-the-scenes fashion deal-maker like Nicolas Ghesquiére, Rick Owens and Phoebe Philo – wrote last year, the duration of non-competitions has increased dramatically, from the traditional standard of 6 months between jobs “at 9 or 12 months or more.” In Europe, conditions tend to be even longer: in France, non-competition obligations can legally last up to 24 months.
In the United Kingdom, where the law is the most restrictive in this regard, non-competition bans are allowed for up to 12 months. The Italian Civil Code stipulates that the maximum duration of a non-competition clause is 3 years for ordinary workers and 5 years for executives. This may have taken such a long time for brands to ensure that their designs, marketing strategies and other trade secrets are protected from their competitors. But there is an argument that long competition bans no longer meet the needs of most participants in the fashion industry (with the exception of Nike, which works years in advance notoriously). This is largely due to the fact that, overall, the timetable has changed. Instead of making collections twice a year, the new fashion calendar, which includes pre-seasons and more frequent “drops”, sees more and more often new collections, as often as every 3 or 4 months. If the testimony is ambiguous, there is also some evidence that the accused was “presented” to other John Petersen collaborators as the new RFSM at a meeting in mid-March. A letter and pay slips from March 25, 1997 show that the transportation will take effect on April 1, 1997. In addition, the letter of March 25, 1997 states that the promotion was conditional on the respondent`s enforcement of the non-competition clause.