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Old 09-11-2012, 07:43 PM
chris erwin chris erwin is offline
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Non compete

Hi I bought a business in the beginning of the season. The guy that sold it to be swore up and down that he was tired of landscaping and wasn't going to do it. I guess about a month later he hooks up with his buddy and suddenly I start losing about 20 percent of the accounts all in his town. Since then I have pictures of his equipment and his worker doing work on the accounts he sold at $200 per in good faith. As much as I'd like to jam his hand under a mower deck I have current legal problems and can't afford anymore. Was thinking small claims court? Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:06 PM
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Did you have him sign a non-compete as part of the sale? If not then dont waste your time.
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:12 PM
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Can't tell a person who they can hire. If he's working for another company, tough luck.
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:24 PM
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I think the customer can hire whom ever they want. Do a better job at a great price and the business will take off!
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:40 PM
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I thought verbal agreements were binding. But whatever world filled with scumbags. The tone of the response makes it seem like it's ok to sell something and go steal it back few weeks later. He set the price had a 11 year relationship with them in a lot of cases they were neighbors of course they going to hire him back.
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:42 PM
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Sorry slightly bitter but thanks for the responses anyway
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:50 PM
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Hey Chris

I think that is a ****** this to do but although not easy, move past it, and learn from it.

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Old 09-11-2012, 08:53 PM
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Thanks Dave
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:57 PM
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Live and learn, in the future get a written agreement with a non compete, and /or a client retention clause tied into the purchase price
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:04 PM
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Z I expected to lose gpfew accounts during transition just not slightly over 20% to the idiot scum bag I bought it from
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