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Karpinski v. Ingrasci
Citation:28 N.Y.2d 45, 268 N.E.2d 751
After Dr. Ingrasci (defendant) completed his training in oral surgery, he became interested in working for Dr. Karpinski (plaintiff), an oral surgeon who had just opened up a second practice in Ithaca, New York. At the time, twenty percent of Karpinski’s practice came from patients referred to him by nearby dentists in five nearby counties. Ingrasci entered into a three-year contract to work with Karpinski in his Ithaca office. The contract contained a covenant not to compete forever with Karpinski in the fields of “dentistry and/or oral surgery” in the five nearby counties. When the contract expired, Ingrasci opened up his own oral surgery practice in Ithaca. By that time, ninety percent of Karpinski’s practice came from referrals from nearby dentists. Karpinski sued Ingrasci for violating his covenant not to compete.
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