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Sigma Chemical Co. v. Harris

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
605 F. Supp. 1253 (E.D. Mo. 1985)


Facts

Harris (defendant), prior to beginning work for Sigma Chemical Co. (Sigma) (plaintiff), signed an agreement that he would not work for a competitor for two years after leaving Sigma and would not disclose any confidential information acquired from Sigma. While still working for Sigma, Harris accepted a position with one of Sigma’s competitors and lied about this future employer to Sigma. Harris also divulged confidential chemical information to Sigma’s competitor after his resignation. Sigma sought an injunction against Harris prohibiting him from working at his new place of employment.

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