Thank you for the information and your question and I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. I didn't get a message that I have been requested and I usually don't work on Sundays. In any event, first and foremost, you will need to hire a local employment law attorney who handles non-compete agreements as soon as possible, since it sounds to me that you may be receiving either a judicial injunction or a summons and complaint for violating your non-compete. There would be no way for me to guess whether or not you have violated your non-compete or even whether or not your non-compete is enforceable, without not only reading the entire document, but also knowing all the facts from you, your former employer, and the customers involved.
What I can tell you though is that, assuming that your non-compete is enforceable, that soliciting customers would normally violate the non-compete. Solicitation would normally be deemed to have incurred if you initiated the contact with customers whose names and contact information you initially got through your official work for the former employer and you discussed them doing business with you. But again, you will need to have an attorney review all of the information I mentioned and also any legal paperwork you may receive this week.
If the customer had contacted you and asked you to do work for them without any offer on your part, that would normally not be considered solicitation that violates a non-compete. As for the other issue, any false statement of fact that damages the reputation of your former employer, or costs them business, can be pursued by them as defamation of character. So, if there is an issue of whether or not the statements you made to a third party were factually true, you might potentially face suit for defamation. Usually, it is better to just keep any inside information or comments about how your former employer does business, to yourself unless you are prepared to defend a law suit.
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