Steele Insurance Loses Bid To Nix Rivals' Conspiracy Claims

Law360, Los Angeles (February 6, 2014, 4:52 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday shot down Steele Insurance Agency Inc.’s bid to throw out the civil conspiracy claim brought by competing insurance agencies who say the company used its competitors’ trade secrets to lure away customers.

U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England found that the group of plaintiffs in the suit led by Farmers Insurance Exchange had specifically alleged the conspiracy, in which Steele persuaded people with access to Farmers’ customer databases to copy the information of customers they worked with, then used that...
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