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Is there any kind of generalized legal rule of thumb in reference to contacting former prospects/clients/colleagues once you've left/been terminated, etc.? With no written contract or non-compete in place is a former employee/independent contractor free to contact and interact with whomever they want? Also, what determines if the prospect or client is a "trade secret" in the eyes of the law? Thanks.

  • Could you elaborate or let me know what I'm missing with respect to the prospect/client him/her/itself being a trade secret? – A.fm. Feb 5 at 0:55
  • I am simply referring to a client or person that was met while employed or working with the former employer. Would that make it something "owned" by the business, making it a "trade secret?" – Sizzle Feb 5 at 4:07

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