I had been working for a company which did business in medical communication. The customers are pharma companies. Recently I have quit this company and I am planning to start my own proprietorship firm in the same medical communication field. The firm registration is in process. I have not signed any ‘non competition clause’ or confidentiality agreement with my old company. Can my old company sue me or create legal issues if they come to know about my firm? Already my old clientele have started placing orders on me and the business outlook is good.
Asked in Business Law from Bangalore, Karnataka
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if you are poaching clients of your old company they will definitely drag you to court .sue you for damages . what were terms and conditions of your appointment letter . ? there must be a clause that you shall after resignation not poach on clients of the company . if there is no such clause you can start your business in same field
Did the contract of employment with your previous employer place any restriction on your right to deal with the clients of the employer subsequent to you leaving the company? If no such restriction is imposed then you may deal with the clients of your previous employer.