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Supreme Court of Arkansas Refuses to Enforce Non-Compete Found In Lease Agreement

In Optical Partners, Inc. v. Dang, the Supreme Court of Arkansas recently refused to enforce a non-compete in a lease agreement — which clearly had been violated — because it did not arise out of a contract of employment or contract for the transfer of goodwill or property.

For several years, Kevin Dang, d/b/a Dang Eye Care & Associates, P.A., and Optical Partners, Inc. ran complementary businesses at virtually the same location. Dang performed eye exams and wrote prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses using office space leased in a location right next to his landlord Optical Partners, Inc., which (doing business as Pearle Vision) provided optician services, including filling eyeglass prescriptions and dispensing and fitting eyeglasses.

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