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A federal court in Texas has partially blocked the government’s ban on noncompete agreements that was set to take effect September 4.

Ryan LLC, a tax services firm in Dallas, had sued to block the rule just hours after the Federal Trade Commission voted narrowly to ban noncompetes for almost all U.S. workers back in April.

The decision, from Judge Ada Brown of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, postpones the effective date of the noncompete ban for the plaintiffs.

In her ruling, Brown wrote that the plaintiffs are likely to succeed on the merits of the case and that blocking the rule temporarily is in the public interest.

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