What do I Do if I Get a Cease and Desist Letter?
A "cease and desist" letter is usually a letter from a former employer's attorneys accusing you of violating a non compete agreement and demanding that you stop doing whatever it is you are doing that they believe is a violation.
First, you should know that a letter from a lawyer is not a court document, and even though it might contain strong language and give you a deadline to respond, you are actually usually under no legal obligation to respond.
Second, there are good reasons at that point to consult an employment lawyer so that you can make an informed decision about what to do next. Sometimes these are just shots across the bow, designed to intimidate. Other times a lack of response could encourage, rather than discourage, a lawsuit.
Third, you should also know that many times non compete disputes can be resolved through counsel at the cease and desist letter stage.
The bottom line is you should not panic, but you should act, at least to find an experienced attorney who can help you understand your non compete agreement and any available defenses.
Learn more here about non-compete cease and desist letters.
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