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16-1434
STONE SURGICAL, LLC,
Plaintiff-Appellant,
v.
STRYKER CORPORATION; HOWMEDICA OSTEONICS CORPORATION,
Defendants-Appellees.

16-1654
STRYKER CORPORATION; HOWMEDICA OSTEONICS CORPORATION,
Plaintiffs-Appellees,
v.
CHRISTOPHER RIDGEWAY,
Defendant-Appellant.
   Nos. 16-1434/1654
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Western District of Michigan at Grand Rapids.
Nos. 1:13-cv-01066; 1:14-cv-00889—Robert Holmes Bell, District Judge.
Argued: February 1, 2017
Decided and Filed: May 24, 2017
Before: GIBBONS, ROGERS, and McKEAGUE, Circuit Judges.


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OPINION
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JULIA SMITH GIBBONS, Circuit Judge. This case arises out of the deterioration of a decade-plus employment relationship between Stryker Corporation and Christopher Ridgeway. Stryker, a medical-device manufacturing company, employed Ridgeway as a sales representative, where he sold customized plates and screws for use in craniomaxillofacial (CMF) surgery on Stryker’s behalf in his Louisiana-based sales territories. In 2013, however, the relationship between Stryker and Ridgeway became strained as Ridgeway sought other business opportunities with a regional competitor, Biomet. Stryker terminated Ridgeway as a result. Litigation ensued, a jury trial was conducted in the Western District of Michigan, and judgment was awarded to Stryker. At the core of the present dispute is a non-compete agreement Ridgeway signed at the start of his tenure with Stryker and whether that agreement is valid. For the reasons that follow, the district court properly ruled for Stryker