A factor in Missouri's lagging economic performance and low wages is that it tends to enforce overly broad non-compete agreements. Regional Disadvantage? Non-Compete Agreements and Brain Drain; Give Me Equity or Give Me Death - The Role of Competition and Compensation in Building Silicon Valley
This direction may have been reversed in Whelan.
Whelan Security's business model of providing security guard services nationwide is to vigorously enforce such agreements so as to preclude competition.
In this case a Whelan employee who worked in Dallas, Texas, and a Whelan employee who worked in Nashville, Tennessee, started a security business in Houston, Texas. Whelan filed suite when the former employees solicited a Whelan customer in Houston, Texas.