BSC Poached Worker Suit To Move Forward In Calif.

Law360 (April 1, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge ruled Friday that a noncompete dispute between medical device makers Boston Scientific Corp. and St. Jude Medical Inc. would be litigated in her court rather than in Minnesota, where a similar action is pending.

Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California cited the first-to-file doctrine in denying Boston Scientific's motion to dismiss and simultaneously enjoining it from prosecuting the Minnesota action.

The spat involves a poached salesman, Blair Kiland, who claims that Boston Scientific hired him to sell defibrillators it knew to be defective. Kiland now works at St....

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