A legal battle between two Elkhart, Ind.-based RV suppliers, Lippert Components Inc. and AL-KO Axis Inc., is heating up, with a federal judge ruling that parts of AL-KO’s non-compete agreement with a former employee is overly broad.
As reported by the Elkhart Truth, U.S. District Judge Jon DeGuilio ruled last week, that AL-KO’s former vice president of tactical projects, Larry Revelino, can work for Lippert Components. While DeGuilio upheld parts of the non-compete agreement about protecting AL-KO’s business secrets, Revelino had already agreed to do that and had signed a contract with Lippert preventing him from giving away his former employer’s trade secrets.
DeGuilio also prohibited Revelino, Lippert’s new director of international business relations, from trying to recruit AL-KO’s employees, customers or suppliers.
“Mr. Revelino has acknowledged that he is bound by the confidentiality provisions of his employment agreement, and has identified no harm that would come to him from an injunction against his soliciting AL-KO’s customers, supplies or employees,” the judge wrote. “However, the harm that would come to Mr. Revelino from an injunction against his employment entirely would be more substantial, and provides further weight against granting such an injunction at this time.”
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