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Secure Data Technologies says former employee shared confidential information

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 12, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS — A technology company is suing a former employee and his new employer for allegedly sharing confidential information.

Secure Data Technologies Inc. filed a complaint on July 3 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Michael Donahue, of Missouri, and ATCI Incorporated, doing business as The Applied Group, alleging they violated the Illinois Trade Secrets Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that between November 2016 and May 2017, during the course of Donahue's employment, he accessed the company's confidential information and had the advantage of reviewing, choosing and storing relevant information to take and use in his new position with Applied Group. 

As a result, the plaintiff claims it lost customers, technology, its competitive advantage, trade secrets and goodwill. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants used confidential information while Donahue was still employed by Secure Data Technologies and Donahue failed to comply with the non-disclosure agreement.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for actual and punitive damages in excess of $75,000 concerning said breach, as well as costs, attorneys' fees and all other relief the court finds appropriate. 

It is represented by Joshua M. Avigad of Avigad Law LLC in St. Louis.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 3:17-cv-00692-SMY-SCW

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