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Tyson Foods Settles Non-Compete Claim


Tyson Foods has settled litigation with Brian Baker, who left the company as Vice-president of Poultry Optimization to join Foster Farms.


Tyson was concerned over disclosure of confidential information relating to live bird production. Accordingly the company attempted to enforce a restraining order that was dismissed by a Washington County, AR. Circuit Court.


The case was settled with the issues resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties. Judge John Threet dismissed the case with prejudice with each party will be responsible for their own costs.


Previously, broiler integrators have sued senior managers who have resigned to obtain employment with competitors.  It is obviously common practice to require employees with specific technical or business knowledge to sign non-compete agreements, although their enforceability may be limited.

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