In an article published in the DRI The Voice's April 2023 newsletter on April 14, 2023, Shareholders Joseph Kish, Paul Motz, and Mitch Morinec were highlighted for obtaining a complete defense verdict in a federal trade secret misappropriation trial. The article covers the scope of the case, Segal McCambridge's argument, and the resounding win the attorneys secured that prevented the client from paying millions.
The case, tried in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, alleged that the Defendants breached provisions of their non-competition/non-disclosure agreements, intentionally interfered with the contractual relationship of over a dozen of Plaintiff's clients, sought to interfere with 15 of Plaintiff's employment contracts, and breached their fiduciary duty to the Plaintiff.
In his opening argument, Joseph argued, "The evidence will show in this case that this is not about confidential information and trade secrets. It's going to show that you it's about vengeance, vengeance by Visual Edge against my clients, because they claim that they're competitors. The overlay of this entire case is the fact that they are not competitors."
After over five hours of deliberation, the jury ruled that there was no misappropriation of trade secrets, no intentional interference with existing or prospective contractual relationships, and no breach of fiduciary duty. As a result, no damages were awarded. Had the jury decided the case differently, a total verdict for the Plaintiff would have exceeded $20 million.
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