Docket No. S027061.

6 Cal.4th 409 (1993)

863 P.2d 150

25 Cal. Rptr.2d 80

THEODORE R. HOWARD et al., Plaintiffs and Appellants, v. GEORGE H. BABCOCK et al., Defendants and Respondents.

Supreme Court of California.

December 6, 1993.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case


Layman, Jones & Dye, Stanley R. Jones and Ren R. Hayhurst for Plaintiffs and Appellants.

Kenneth E. Owen, Diane C. Yu, Paul W. Vapnek, Quinn, Kully & Morrow, Margaret J. Morrow, Lisa S. Kantor, Dickson, Carlson & Campillo, William B. Fitzgerald and Hall R. Marston as Amici Curiae on behalf of Plaintiffs and Appellants.

Morgan, Wenzel & McNicholas and Thomas H. Vickers for Defendants and Respondents.

Howarth & Smith, Don Howarth, Barbara Gregg Glenn, Cotkin & Collins, Bradley C. Withers and Jeffrey L. Garland as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendants and Respondents.



We granted review to decide whether an agreement between law partners is enforceable if it requires withdrawing partners to forego certain contractual withdrawal benefits if they compete with their former law firm. We conclude that an agreement among law partners imposing a reasonable toll on departing partners who compete with the firm is enforceable. We reverse the judgment of the Court of Appeal to the extent it...

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