DePuy Alleges Rival Induced Workers To Break Contracts

Law360 (March 25, 2019, 5:44 PM EDT) -- Johnson & Johnson unit DePuy Synthes has accused a Texas-based medical device company of engaging in "unlawful competitive activities" in helping former Alabama- and Texas-based sales associates violate their contractual noncompete obligations, according to a lawsuit filed in Texas federal court.

The complaint filed Friday by DePuy Synthes Sales Inc. and Medical Device Services Inc., formally DePuy Orthopaedics, accuses Orthofix Medical Inc. and two ex-DePuy sales associates of engaging in a scheme to get DePuy customers to begin buying and using Orthofix devices and implants in late 2017.

"This case arises out of Orthofix's efforts to gain an unfair competitive advantage...

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