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Old 06-17-2006, 02:17 PM
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Sounds like you've come up with a good plan, Presents.
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Old 06-21-2006, 06:15 PM
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Here is the legal breakdown:

Trade secrets: Some clients can be considered trade secrets (basically undisclosed information). A trade secret refers to data or information relating to the business which is not generally known to the public and which the owner reasonably attempts to keep secret and confidential. Trade secrets generally give the business a competitive edge over their rivals. Almost any type of data, processes or information can be referred to as trade secrets so long as it is intended to be and kept a secret, and involves an economic interest of the owner. There are three criteria:
***183; It must not be generally known or readily accessible by people who normally deal with such type of information
***183; It must have commercial value as a secret
***183; The lawful owner must take reasonable steps to keep it secret.

Basically, if the owner hasn't published the client list then that list belongs to him. You CAN get in trouble for telling the clients you are leaving because if they follow you, you are stealing a trade secret. Probably what would happen is you would be sued (if they chose to pursue it).

If you call up a lawyer, they may give you advice for free. Just say you have a legal question, they love to talk shop. I suggest that you don't do anything until you find out the trade secret law in your state.

P.S. The reason they have trade secret laws is so that rival businesses can't send in spies.

Hope this helps.
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Old 06-21-2006, 06:22 PM
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About your plan to send them thank you notes: if you include ANY contact information (phone, address, anything), it could be considered trying to steal the clients. Just FYI.
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Old 06-22-2006, 07:51 PM
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The lawful owner must take reasonable steps to keep it secret.

they throw out dogs name, breed, age, what cut and the clients name, address, phone number(s) daily. (even though i tried for 2 years to change this...)

no secret if they are worthy of the trash can...

but i've found out in the last few days, even in a town of millions, we still live in a small world. I've ran into many and word of mouth is amazing. all without telling anyone where i went.

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Old 07-06-2006, 01:53 AM
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The client list belongs to the owner of the shop. Taking the client list or any info off it (addresses, phone numbers, etc) is stealing. You can purchase the client list from the shop owner however. The groomers we had leave our shop on good terms we were more than happy to tell her request clients were they were now grooming at, esp the more difficult dogs! The one groomer that left on bad terms (didn't tell us that she was quitting, just didn't show up, avoided all our phone calls, then a few days later her BOYFRIEND called and quit for her) we did not tell any of her request dogs where she was now grooming at, but they all managed to find her anyway.
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