SAN FRANCISCO – A Massachusetts company alleges a former employee secretly formed his own company and transferred business away from it.

Dynatrace LLC filed a complaint on April 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against James Ramey and Devicebits LLC, citing breach of contract, fraud and intentional interference with contractual relations.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that between 2007 and 2015, it suffered damages to its business as a result of being deceived by Ramey, a previous employee. The plaintiff holds Ramey and Devicebits LLC responsible because Ramey allegedly deceived plaintiff in order to secretly fund his own company, Devicebits, while still employed by the plaintiff. The plaintiff alleges it lost $2 million worth of business.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendant, injunctive relief and compensatory damages, punitive damages, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. It is represented by Karineh Khachatourian, Daniel T. McCloskey and Anjali Moorthy of Duane Morris LLP in Palo Alto.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division Case number 3:16-cv-01777-EMC

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