Forklift equipment company sues former employee for breach of confidentiality agreement

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 20, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A forklift equipment company is suing William Wagner, a former employee, citing alleged breach of confidentiality agreement.

Penn West Industrial Trucks filed a complaint on Aug. 30, in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, against William Wagner, alleging that the former employee breached his duty of good faith and fair dealings.

The plaintiff alleges that Penn West Industrial Trucks suffered injury to its reputation, customer relations and lost revenue and profits, as a result of the unlawful and malicious conduct of the defendant in violating a confidentiality agreement he agreed to while still employed.

The plaintiff alleges that William Wagner, working as a salesman, disclosed client information to his new employer and plaintiff's direct competitor, Burns Industrial. The information allegedly included planned sales initiatives, a price and supplier list and other trade secrets owned by the plaintiff 

The plaintiff holds William Wagner responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to maintain the confidentiality agreement previously entered into, and disclosed plaintiff's confidential information without consent.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant to enforce terms of agreement, costs, expenses, and attorney's fees. The plaintiff is represented by Lawrence D. Kerr of Tremba, Kinney, Greiner & Kerr LLC in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County Case number GD-18-011125

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