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Noncompete disputes: USI files lawsuit against former employee

Many businesses in Florida and elsewhere spend years building up a healthy client base. To protect this area of operation, a company may require employees to sign an agreement to prevent them from attempting to take clients with them should they obtain future employment with a rival company. Should a breach occur in this agreement, noncompete disputes may arise, and such matters can be highly debatable topics.

USI insurance services has recently filed a lawsuit against a former Wells Fargo employee, claiming the man violated the terms of his noncompete agreement after leaving to work for Lockton Companies. USI asserts that after obtaining employment with Lockton, the man proceeded to solicit former customers. USI also states that he used confidential information in these efforts, and is accusing him of violating the Trade Secrets Act in doing so.

By filing the lawsuit, USI is seeking to regain possession of this confidential information and prevent any further violation of its rights. USI has also requested the man turn over his personal computer so that Wells Fargo officials can further investigate the matter. Disputes of this nature can be exceedingly complex, and those involved may find it advisable to seek advice in the initial stages of the process.

When noncompete disputes arise, those involved may wish to protect their interests, but they might be uncertain how to achieve this goal. When facing a similar situation, a person could speak with an experienced attorney for advice on the best course of action with which to proceed. An attorney in Florida can examine the situation thoroughly and provide a client with advice on how to pursue the best outcome possible through the necessary channels.

Source: businessinsurance.com, "USI sues former Wells Fargo broker over move to Lockton", Judy Greenwald, Jan. 9, 2018

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