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Bill Pentelovitch Quoted in Minneapolis Star Tribune Article Refuting Harvard Business Review Article Regarding Minnesota Noncompete Law

December 6, 2014

Bill Pentelovitch, partner in Maslon's Litigation Group, is featured in a December 7, 2014, Minneapolis Star Tribune article titled "Experts are split on reason for Minnesota's No. 2 innovation ranking." The article notes that Minnesota was called the second-friendliest state for innovation in a December 5, 2014, Harvard Business Review article, which concluded that the ranking is due to Minnesota's legislation restricting enforcement of noncompete agreements. The problem with the conclusion is that it was based on a misunderstanding of Minnesota law.

In the Minneapolis Star Tribune article Bill points out "Minnesota has no statute that has ever been adopted that restricts noncompete agreements. It’s a completely court-driven matter here." The article states, "Pentelovitch, who wrote the chapter on noncompete agreements in the Minnesota Business Torts Deskbook, called Minnesota average in its approach to these agreements and doesn't think that would distinguish the state to corporate leaders and innovative entrepreneurs."

To read the full article online, go to: Star Tribune "Experts are split on reason for Minnesota's No. 2 innovation ranking."

Bill Pentelovitch is a partner in Maslon's Litigation Group. He is a trial lawyer and Fellow of the International Academy of Trial lawyers, has practiced exclusively in the area of business-related disputes for 40 years and is considered both a leading authority and a leading trial lawyer in Minnesota in the area of ownership and governance disputes in corporations, partnerships of all kinds, and limited liability companies. In addition to his substantial practice in the areas of business ownership and governance and non-competes, trade secrets, and unfair competition, Bill handles breach of contract, fraud, antitrust, securities, banking, and intellectual property trials.


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