Crate & Barrel, CEO Stole Trade Secrets, Restoration Says

Law360, Los Angeles (January 30, 2017, 10:50 PM EST) -- Restoration Hardware Inc. on Monday slapped two former executives now with competitor Crate & Barrel Inc. with a lawsuit in California state court, accusing them of stealing trade secrets and violating confidentiality agreements in a strategy to turn around Crate’s “flagging business.”

The Marin County, California-based luxury home furnishings brand is accusing Crate & Barrel and its CEO, Douglas Diemoz, and manager in the food and beverage area, Kimberly Ahlheim, of unlawfully taking its proprietary information and violating contractual obligations to the brand in efforts to revitalize the housewares retail chain.

“Rather than invent its own growth strategy, Crate effectively sought...

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