IBM Loses Bid To Enforce Noncompete Against HP Hire

Law360, New York (February 17, 2011, 2:38 PM EST) -- A federal judge has shot down IBM Corp.'s bid to stop the former head of its information technology unit from taking a similar post at Hewlett-Packard Co. Inc., ruling that Big Blue could not prove a potential competitive threat.

Judge Loretta A. Preska on Tuesday denied IBM's request for a 12-month preliminary injunction against Giovanni Visentin, following an exhaustive four-day hearing in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

At least initially, IBM did not demonstrate it would succeed in its enforcement...
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