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1990

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Contracts, B. Morris Martin Dec 1990

Contracts, B. Morris Martin

Mercer Law Review

In 1990 the Georgia General Assembly passed an Act addressing a long-standing debate concerning the proper limits on contracts that restrain parties in their trade, business, or employment. After reaffirming the principle that contracts in general restraint of trade are against public policy and void, the general assembly codified the exception to the rule carved out by the courts. This exception held reasonable restraints on competition in business or employment are partial restraints of trade and are not against public policy. The Act, which became effective on July 1, 1990, amended section 13-8-2 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated …