Titan Environmental, the environmental subsidiary of a major international defense and technology company, retained Mr. MacGregor to defend against a claim for unfair competition by a rival in the environmental remediation industry. The competitor sought to enjoin most of Titan’s operations, alleging that Titan had systematically targeted employees with special trade secret information and contacts with key customers in order to create its business from scratch.
Pre-trial discovery revealed that the employees in question had voluntarily sought out competitive employment with our client, and there was an ongoing pattern of business practices within the plaintiff company that was driving its employees to leave. Moreover, it was shown that the key customers involved had made voluntary decisions to move business from the competitor to Mr. MacGregor’s client, eliminating a critical element of the plaintiff’s claim.
The case settled for nuisance value, an amount dwarfed by the increased revenue realized by the client from the acquisition of the disaffected employees and customers.
Ironically, Titan subsequently retained Mr. MacGregor on an ongoing basis in connection with trade secret and employee piracy matters in which the client has been on either side of this highly complex issue.
Titan Environmental | Contra Costa County Superior Courtt
Success Type: Business Litigation | Case Type: Unfair Competition