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Non-competition agreements are generally not enforceable unless they are reasonable in scope and reasonably aimed to protect the employer’s business interests. A Missouri case drives home the scope element of a non-competition agreement. In Sigma-Aldrich Corp. v. Vilkin, No. ED-100575 (Mo. Ct. App. Oct. 14, 2014), the Missouri Court of Appeals held a global non-compete was unenforceable. The non-competition agreement prohibited a sales employee from working for any competitor for two years. There was no geographic restriction (i.e. within 50 miles); nor was there any limitation on what kind of competitors would be excluded. This was fatal, and the Court held the agreement unenforceable as a matter of law.