Client Poaching Suit Against Nationwide, Ex-Agent Pared

Law360, New York (September 23, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT) -- A South Carolina federal judge on Wednesday nixed conspiracy and state antitrust law claims in a suit alleging Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. plotted with a former employee of American National Property and Casualty Co. to steal its policyholders.

In granting Nationwide's motion for partial judgment, U.S. District Judge Margaret B. Seymour dismissed American National's South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act and civil conspiracy claims with prejudice on the grounds that the plaintiff's allegations could not support them.

Judge Seymour ruled that the SCUTPA claim failed because...
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