Temp-Air Sues Ex-Employee, Rival Over Alleged Poaching

Law360, New York (August 5, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT) -- Heating and cooling systems maker Temp-Air Inc. sued an ex-employee in Illinois state court Thursday alleging that he violated his employment agreement by decamping to rival Ashland Propane and attempting to poach Temp-Air's customers and workers for his new employer.

Temp-Air accused Steve Lupella of using the confidential information and client relationships he developed while working at the company to boost business at Ashland, also named as a defendant in the suit. The solicitations and use of Temp-Air information violated the employment agreement Lupella inked with...
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