5 Tips For Employers Using 'Inevitable Disclosure' Doctrine

By Bill Donahue (September 11, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge last month shot down a bid by high-end furnishings company Janus et Cie to use the controversial doctrine of "inevitable disclosure" to block an employee from jumping ship to a rival firm. The case was a good example of how not to do so.

Andrew Kahnke was a sales manager with Janus, which sells upscale furniture for hotels, restaurants, corporate offices and private residences. Last August, he told the company he'd accepted a similar job at close competitor Dedon Inc. and, after failing to lure him back with a raise, the company sued him in New...

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