Diamond Design Jewelers sues former employees for allegedly stealing confidential client list for competing company

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 12, 2018

PITTSBURGH — Diamond Design Jewelers has filed a lawsuit against former employees alleging they stole the company's confidential client list in order to solicit customers for a competing company they started.

Diamond Design Inc., doing business as Diamond Design Jewelers of Wexford, filed the complaint on Aug. 20, in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Court, against Alicia Blair, Scott Blair and Jewelry by Alicia and Scott. 

The defendants also are accused of stealing diamonds from the plaintiff's store and changing the company's website address so that it redirected clients to their own website.

Diamond Design Jewelers is alleging breach of duty, civil conspiracy, tortious interference, unjust enrichment, and wrongful eviction. The plaintiff alleges that the defendants breached their duty of good faith and fair dealing.

According to the complaint, Diamond Design Jewelers of Wexford claims that it experienced "substantial and serious damages, including loss of profits, loss of goodwill and loss of valued customer lists," because of the actions of the defendants, according to court documents.

The plaintiff further claims it is now subjected to a possible privacy lawsuit from customers' non-public personal information being shared, as a result of "the malicious conduct of the defendants or its former employees in using plaintiff's trade secrets," such as its valued client list to contact and solicit plaintiff's customers and use plaintiff's confidential information for the competing company that they have started. 

The plaintiffs hold Alicia Blair, Scott Blair and Jewelry by Alicia and Scott responsible, because the defendants allegedly sent out notifications to customers listed in plaintiff's confidential client list, stole diamonds and other materials from plaintiff's store, and changed plaintiff's website address to redirect clients to their own website.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against defendants, permanent injunction, accounting of all sales, compensatory and punitive damages, attorney's fees, costs, and other relief as the court deems just. They are represented by John P. Corcoran of Jones, Gregg, Creehan & Gerace LLP in Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Case number GD-18-10757

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