HB 1490 – Georgia

Status: In Process
Year Introduced: 2024
Link: https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/68890

This bill amends a Georgian law relating to restrictive covenants in contracts, specifying that any contractual restriction on a physician’s right to practice medicine in the state is unenforceable. Here, “restrictive covenants” are legal clauses designed to limit a contracting party’s activities, often as a form of non-compete agreement. The bill renders null any post-termination geographical practice restrictions, restrictions on treating former patients or establishing new physician-patient relationships. The only exceptions to the non-compete rule are when these are agreed upon during the sale or dissolution of a business. Moreover, any legal provisions forcing a Georgia-based dispute to be adjudicated under another state’s law are also considered unenforceable. Any violation of this law can be contested by the impacted physician, and the matter is to be settled under Georgian law. 

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