PITTSBURGH – A customized water management solutions company in Hershey alleges a former employee is using trade secrets while employed by a competitor.
Keystone Clearwater Solutions LLC filed a complaint on Jan. 2 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against Cole Irvin and Principle Enterprises LLC alleging breach of contract, violation of the Defend Trade Secrets Act and other counts.
According to the complaint, Irvin left his employment with the plaintiff to work for the plaintiff's competitor Principle Enterprises LLC. The plaintiff alleges Irvin is violating the confidentiality, nonsolicitation and noncompete agreement he signed while employed by the plaintiff. It also alleges Irvin has used proprietary and confidential information and trade secrets obtained during his employment with the plaintiff to gain an unfair advantage for his new employer.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks temporary restraining order and injunction, compensatory damages, exemplary damages, court costs, interest and any further relief the court grants. It is represented by Molly E. Meacham, Brian D. Lipkin and Christopher M. Helms of Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir PC in Pittsburgh.
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania case number 2:18-cv-00007-JFC