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Ex-DePuy Orthopaedics sales rep sues over non-compete

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 2:17pm
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A former sales rep for DePuy Orthopaedics wants a California judge to toss a non-compete agreement, illegal in the Golden State, that he says is keeping him from landing another job in the industry.

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A former sales rep for Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) wants a federal judge in California, where non-compete agreements are illegal, to toss the 1 he says is keeping him from getting another job in orthopedic medical device sales.

Rob Behrens lives in Sandpoint, Idaho, according to court documents, but also owns property in San Luis Obispo, Calif.. When he landed a job as a DePuy Ortho sales rep in November 2009, he "obtained residence" in Placer County, Calif., and kept it until shortly before leaving the company, according to court documents.

When he took the job, Behrens inked a series of agreements, including the non-compete, which barred him from seeking employment from a competing firm for 18 months after leaving DePuy. The 26-year med-tech sales vet left the job in May and hasn't been able to get a job in the industry since then, according to the documents.

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