Many individuals in Florida and elsewhere may constantly be on the lookout for opportunities to advance their careers. In some cases, such a pursuit could prompt a need to seek work with a different employer, and if this company operates within a similar field, noncompete disputes may arise. A veterinary services firm in another state has reportedly accused two former employees of violating their noncompete agreements and stealing proprietary information upon leaving the company to work for a competitor.
According to reports, Idexx Laboratories has filed a lawsuit against the two former employees and the rival company Vets First Choice. In the lawsuit, the company claims that upon tendering their resignations, the two accepted a position with the rival business. In addition to violating the terms of their noncompete agreements, the company also asserts that they also took proprietary information and training materials with them in the process.
Idexx also asserts that Vets First Choice has made multiple attempts to recruit their employees. Idexx claims that the other company provides incentives to encourage such behavior. Idexx claims that the incident has caused significant harm to profit margins and operational procedures. However, the other company reportedly denies these allegations and states that it places a high value on the protection of intellectual property.
Incidents involving allegations of theft of intellectual property and violation of noncompete agreements can be intense matters. Individuals who experience a similar situation could benefit from consulting with an experienced attorney early on for guidance on how best to proceed. An attorney can examine the circumstances a client in Florida is facing and assist him or her in pursuing the best outcome achievable through the necessary channels.