SAN JOSE – A Texas company doing business in California is suing a former employee, alleging that the individual wrongfully breached his contract with it by keeping files that may contain proprietary information about the company.
Slashsupport Inc., doing business as CSS Corp., filed a complaint on March 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division against Natarajan Choodamani, citing breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that it suffered and may continue to sustain damages to its business as a result of important proprietary information being taken from the company by the defendant. The plaintiff holds Choodamani responsible because the defendant allegedly deliberately made an effort to unlawfully take important information about the company when he resigned from CSS to work for a competitor. The suit states that analysis confirmed that the defendant stored confidential information on an external hard drive, which he claimed he only did as a precaution for when the company-issued laptop failed or crashed.
The plaintiff seeks the following: all damages, an injunction against the defendant from disclosing information, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. It is represented by Kurt A. Franklin and Jay Rapaport of Hanson Bridgett LLP in San Francisco.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division Case number 5:16-cv-01505-BLF