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Noncompete disputes: Aon files lawsuit against former employee

Many individuals in Florida and elsewhere have reached a point in their careers where they feel a change in employment is necessary. While in many cases this change might be uneventful, should the new employer operate in a similar field, the former may wish to pursue legal recourse if a noncompete agreement is in place. Since noncompete disputes can be hotly-contested topics, those who face similar circumstances might find it beneficial to seek guidance early on.

An investment company named Aon has recently filed a lawsuit against a man and his new employer, Willis Towers Watson. The man was formerly a key member in a restructuring and cost-cutting project at Aon, and was privy to confidential information and trade secrets. Aon claims that he violated a noncompete agreement when switching to work for another investment company and is seeking as much as $75 million in damages.

The company also claims that he sought new employment without providing notification, and continued to receive inside information as a result. Aon asserts the information included future business plans, as well as potential acquisitions. However, according to reports, Willis Towers Watson and the man both claim that he did not violate the trade secrets act in Illinois.

With the complex nature of noncompete and trade secret agreements, those who face a similar situation may find it advisable to consult an attorney before entering the process. By speaking with an attorney with experienced in handling noncompete disputes, a client in Florida could obtain guidance on the best course of action with which to proceed. An attorney can evaluate the situation and assist a client in pursuing the best outcome possible through whatever means necessary.

Source: pionline.com, "Aon sues Willis Towers Watson, new CFO over breaking non-compete agreement", Randy Diamond, Sept. 29, 2017

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