A judge in Ohio has ruled that a webcast hosted by two former on-air personalities does not violate the noncompete clause in their contracts.
Pat DeLuca and Charlotte DiFranco hosted "The DeLuca Show" on Lexington Township-based Q92 (WDJQ) until early February 2012, when their contracts expired. A few weeks later, the pair launched a similar program online. WDJQ station owner D.A. Peterson Inc. aimed to shut them down, claiming the webcast violated the duo's noncompete clause.
The case went to court in late February. In April, Stark County Common Pleas Judge Charles E. Brown Jr. denied most of Peterson’s requests, including the prohibition of "The DeLuca Show" webcast within 60 miles of WDJQ (RAIN coverage here).
Now Judge Brown has issued a final ruling which allows DeLuca and DiFranco to continue streaming and requires WDJQ to pay them for unused vacation time. "That pretty much ends the case," explained the former on-air personalities' attorney.