Non-compete agreements are coming under increased fire.

In the latest attack, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has promised to send a major commercial legislative package to the state legislature, the highlight of which would outlaw the non-compete contract.

Patrick's stance is expected to spark a battle between big business, which supports non-competes, and venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, who abhor them.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.