Universal Unit Sues Ex-COO For Abrupt Departure

Law360, New York (September 15, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT) -- Universal City Studios Productions LLLP sued the former chief operating officer of its home video division Tuesday, saying he violated an employment contract when he abruptly left to join DineEquity Inc., operator of the Applebee's and International House of Pancakes franchises.

Universal City and subsidiary Universal Studios Home Entertainment LLC said in California state court that Thomas Emrey violated the terms of his employment by surreptitiously taking the new job and then cutting short his tenure with USHE well before the termination date mandated by his...
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