Score one for Washington in a recent dispute between competing employers from Washington and California. In Meras Engineering, Inc. v. CH20, Inc., a Northern District of California Court enforced a forum selection clause designating Washington as the venue for all disputes -- rejecting the California parties' argument that litigating in Washington would defeat California's strong public policy against covenants not to compete. The mere possibility that a Washington Court might subsequently apply Washington law instead of California law failed to move the Court -- at least in this case. This case strengthens the hand of employers who incorporate choice of venue provisions in their employment agreements and carries obvious implications for California and Washington employers alike. Click here for more on Meras Engineering v. CH20.