MCBB Wins Significant Jurisdictional Decision in Trade Secrets Case

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On February 21, 2018, MCBB achieved a significant victory on behalf of its client, the Plaintiffs in Ivanti, Inc. v. Shea (D. Utah).  The Plaintiffs filed suit against the Defendant, a former high-level manager of one of Plaintiffs’ four international sales regions who left his employment with Plaintiffs and then allegedly attempted to convert the Plaintiffs’ most significant business relationships in the region to the Plaintiffs’ primary competitor, using the Plaintiffs’ sensitive and protected information to do so.  The Plaintiffs brought suit, seeking an injunction, and the Defendant responded by first challenging whether he is subject to personal jurisdiction in Utah.  In a significant, published decision, Judge Stewart of Utah’s Federal District Court held that the Defendant is subject to personal jurisdiction in Utah due to his repeated contacts with the Plaintiffs’ operational headquarters in Utah, despite performing most of his work for Plaintiffs in the Asia Pacific region.  Shortly thereafter, the Defendant agreed to the entry of a stipulated injunction.  A full copy of the Court’s decision concerning personal jurisdiction may be accessed at:  https://ecf.utd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?218cv0092-31.