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React Environmental accuses former CEO of sharing firm's confidential data

Federal Court

By John Suayan | Feb 24, 2020

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PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia-based environmental consulting and contracting firm’s lawsuit alleges its confidential trade secrets and its CEO’s personal information were misappropriated.

In a 15-page suit filed on Jan. 31 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, React Environmental Professional Services Group Inc. and head Jerry Naples Jr. accuse Jon P. Buzan, of Malvern, and Buzan’s current employer, CDS Capital Management LC, of using the sensitive material to solicit their customers and employees.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs and Buzan were parties in a stockholders’ agreement dated May 30, 2008. Buzan even served as CEO, which allowed him access to all of React’s confidential information and trade secrets, and enabled him to develop important business relationships.

Naples and Buzan reportedly had a falling out in 2015. Last year, Buzan resigned from React and gained employment with CDS, a competitor of React’s. According to the complainants, Buzan downloaded classified information from a React-owned laptop at the time of his resignation.

The suit demands Buzan return all copies of such information and retain no trace of it.

Roger Small of Reger Rizzo & Darnall in Philadelphia is representing the plaintiffs.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:20-cv-00533

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