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Luis Suarez, partner with Heise Suarez Melville in Coral Gables. Luis Suarez, partner with Heise Suarez Melville in Coral Gables.

In 2019, Florida law shifted regarding physician related noncompetition agreements. The Florida legislature unanimously passed a law, that Gov. Ron DeSantis then promptly signed, that changed the legal playing field in physician-related noncompetition agreements. Basically, the statute invalidates physician noncompetes in counties where only one employer employs all the medical specialists in that county. Consistent with steps taken by many other states that have invalidated noncompetes for health care providers, Florida’s decision is significant because it signals an emerging shift toward a ban on noncompetes for physicians and potentially others.

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