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Texas court issues injunction preventing customer poaching

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A federal court in Texas has issued an injunction preventing a former salesperson for a plastics company from soliciting customers on behalf of his new employer. The competitor had hired the employee despite a nondisclosure and nonsolicitation agreement he had signed.

Recent case: Gregory, a polymer salesman, agreed not to compete or solicit customers for 18 months after leaving his employer.

Then he quit and began contacting past customers for his new employer. The first company sued him, requesting an injunction ordering Gregory to stop.

The court reviewed the agreement, which it considered a noncompete, and concluded it was valid and enforceable for 18 months. It ordered Gregory not to solicit a long list of past customers. (Premier Polymers v. Wendt, No. H-15-1812, SD TX, 2015)

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