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Noncompete disputes: MillerCoors alleges violation of contract

Many companies in Florida and elsewhere work hard on coming up with strategies that could give them an edge on the competition. When an employee who is privy to these plans pursues a job with an employer in a rival field, a company may seek to protect its business interests through litigation. This has been the source of many noncompete disputes over time. MillerCoors has recently filed a lawsuit against a former employee, accusing the man of violating the terms of his contract.

According to reports, the man was previously employed as a top strategist at MillerCoors, and had access to priority information. The company states the he resigned from his position and accepted a job as vice president at Constellation, which MillerCoors states is one of its top competitors. In doing so, the company asserts the man violated the terms of his noncompete agreement and is seeking to block the move for the duration listed in the arrangement.

MillerCoors also claims the man sought to access priority information the day of his resignation with the use of a flash drive. The company claims the information included details of a strategy to compete with Constellation. MillerCoors has also advised that the company attempted to negotiate a reduction in the period prohibited in the agreement, but that Constellation refused to agree to a later date for his employment to begin.

Noncompete disputes are complex matters that can be highly debated, and those involved may benefit from seeking assistance as soon as possible. An employment law attorney can help a person in Florida gain a better understanding of the situation and provide guidance on the available options. An attorney can examine the circumstances a client is facing and assist in protecting his or her business interests through the necessary outlets.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "MillerCoors sues former strategist, competitor over alleged breach of contract", Greg Trotter, Feb. 2, 2018

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