Ordinarily, a temporary injunction will be granted pending trial on the merits (1) if there is probable cause for supposing that plaintiff will be able to sustain his primary equity, and (2) if there is reasonable apprehension of irreparable loss unless injunctive relief be granted, or if in the court's opinion it appears reasonably necessary to protect plaintiff's rights until the controversy between him and defendant can be determined. Western Conference of Original Free Will Baptists, etc. v. Creech and Western Conference of Original Free Will Baptists, etc. v. Milles and Teasley v. Creech, 256 N.C. 128, 123 S.E.2d 619; 2 Strong, N.C.Index, Injunctions § 13 (Supp.).
Plaintiff's affidavit makes out a prima facie showing of its right to the final injunctive relief sought. According to the uncontradicted evidence, plaintiff terminated defendant's contract for cause. Defendant's covenant not to compete after such a termination was (1) in writing, (2) entered into at the time and as a part of the original contract of employment, (3) based on a valuable consideration, (4) reasonable both as to the time and territory embraced in the restrictions, (5) fair to the parties, and (6) not against public policy. It, therefore, meets all the requirements for a valid restrictive covenant. Orkin Exterminating Co. of Raleigh v. Griffin and Orkin Exterminating Co. of Raleigh v. Jones, 258 N.C. 179, 128 S.E.2d 139; Asheville Associates, Inc. v. Miller and Asheville Associates, Inc. v. Berman, 255 N.C. 400, 121 S.E.2d 593. See Annot., Employee—Restrictive Covenant—Time, 41 A.L.R.2d 15, 179 (1955). Considering the nature of plaintiff's business, defendant's agreement that, when his contract was terminated, he would not compete during the time the current telephone directory was in effect, plus a period of one year thereafter, is a reasonable time limitation. We may take judicial notice that (1) it is the custom of telephone companies annually to issue revised directories of their subscribers, and (2) an uninformed person desiring to rent a trailer would probably turn to the yellow pages index of the telephone directory to ascertain where one could be obtained. Stansbury, N.C. Evidence, §§ 11, 14 (1963).
Defendant's contention that plaintiff is not entitled to injunctive relief because the contract provision for liquidated damages provides an adequate remedy at law is untenable.
On this record, we think plaintiff was entitled to the temporary restraining order which Judge Bundy issued.
The judgment of the court below is