Appeals Court Backs Cigna in Noncompete Ruling With FTC Rule in Limbo

A federal appeals court recently ruled that former Cigna Group executive Amy Bricker cannot join rival CVS Health Corp. due to a noncompete agreement, upholding a preliminary injunction from last year. While the case involving Bricker suggests companies can effectively prohibit employees from switching jobs, firms may no longer be able to do so later this year.

A Federal Trade Commission (FTC) final rule published in the Federal Register in May would ban most firms from enforcing or signing noncompetes with their workers. However, two attorneys tell AIS Health, a division of MMIT, the rule may not go into effect as planned on Sept. 4 due to multiple appeal. Moreover, it may never be implemented, especially if Donald Trump is elected president in November.

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Tim Casey

Tim Casey

Tim has been a reporter and editor for newspapers, websites and magazines for more than 20 years, including 10 years covering health care business topics. He has a deep knowledge of the managed care industry and pharmacy benefit management. He also has experience covering medical conferences and clinical and legislative health care issues. In 2014, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing selected Tim as one of 15 journalists to participate in a national symposium on the Affordable Care Act. Tim has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

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