Smith & Nephew Seeks $2M From Rivals In Noncompete Suits

Law360, New York (August 10, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT) -- Medical device maker Smith & Nephew Inc. on Wednesday sued a pair of rivals in Texas federal court for $1 million apiece on allegations they poached sales representatives, the company’s latest high-profile legal fights involving noncompete clauses.

The lawsuits target Tulsa-based Exact Surgical Inc., a distributor for Exactech Inc., and Austin-based Central Texas Orthopedic Products Inc., a distributor for Biomet Inc. Each case involves independent contractors who, according to the complaints, jumped ship to the firms despite having agreed not to seek jobs with certain competitors...
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