BUSINESS LITIGATION BY EMPLOYER AGAINST EMPLOYEE WITHOUT AN EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT FOR USE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION UPHELD
An employer’s complaint against a former employee’s use of confidential information to entice the former employer’s existing and potential customers to contract with company employee set up is affirmed by a Federal District Court Judge. Employer’s claims for tortuous interference with contractual relations and prospective and business relationships, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, conversion and civil conspiracy was not dismissed after the employee moved to dismiss. None of the employer’s claims were dismissed notwithstanding the employee not having an employment agreement.
Reference: E. Frank Hopkins Seafood, co. Inc. V. Olizi, PICS Case No. 17-1116 (E.D. Pa. June 15, 2017, Digest of Recent Opinions, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, 40 PLW 481, July 25, 2017)
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