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I recently signed a non competition contract with a pet store

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I recently signed a non competition contract with a pet store and have requested a copy of it. The management tells me that it cannot leave the property. Is this true or since it has my name on it do I have a right to have a copy?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Business Law
Expert:  Richard replied 6 years ago.

Good evening. That is not true. You have an absolute right to have a fully executed copy of the agreement.



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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Is there I law that I can show them stating this? I dont mean to be a pain, but I've searched and cannot find one. I live in Ohio if it is state based.
Expert:  Richard replied 6 years ago.
No worries...I'm going to opt out and let an Ohio expert do the specific research for you. Take care.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Expert:  LawHelpNow replied 6 years ago.

Thanks so much for choosing this forum to pose your important legal question. I will do my best to give you some honest and accurate guidance as I answer your question.



  1. I am a licensed attorney with business law experience. I will be glad to try and answer your question seeing another legal expert has opted out. I hope that the following information will be helpful to you, but please just write back if you have any follow-up questions or need clarification on anything after reviewing the following information.
  2. "Is there I law that I can show them stating this?" No, actually there is no such written law. It would be a bit like trying to "prove a negative". Here is how this works. As a general matter, nothing in the common law necessarily specifically addresses providing a copy of such a non-compete covenant or contract. In modern times, consumer protection laws and other regulatory measure have created such an obligation by statute. For example, Ohio Revised Code Chapter 5313 imposes an obligation upon a seller of realty to permit a copy of a land installment contract to be filed with the local County Recorders Office at the expense and discretion of the buyer. However, no such statutory provision applies to the scenario you have described. Such simply does not exist. Now, since the management is the party claiming that the law prohibits the contract from leaving the premises, in turn they bear the burden of proving their assertion. In other words, ask them to show you a copy of this purported law and/or provide you with the statutory citation. So, the botXXXXX XXXXXne is that I cannot show you any written law to support their contention. The reason I cannot do so is that such a law does not exist.
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