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Fine Foods, Inc. v. Dahlin
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Dahlin (Defendant) sold a successful restaurant to Fine Foods, Inc. (Plaintiff). As part of the transfer, Defendant signed a covenant not to compete. The covenant not to compete stated that, in consideration for $5,000, Defendant agreed not to work in the restaurant business within a 25-mile radius of the restaurant being sold for a period of five years. Shortly after the sale, Defendant began working as a maître d in a restaurant in the same town as his old restaurant. Plaintiff sued Defendant, seeking an injunction barring him from further violating the covenant. The trial court found that Defendant had violated the covenant not to compete and granted the injunction. Defendant appealed.
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