SAN FRANCISCO – A Palo Alto company
alleges that a former employee wrongfully took confidential company information with her upon termination of her employment.
VMware Inc. filed a complaint on May 11 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Rachel Schultz,
citing alleged breach of contract and unfair competition
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that Schultz resigned from the company in 2015 and that she took more than 26,000 emails containing confidential company information with her to her new employer, Nutanix. The plaintiff holds Schultz responsible because the defendant allegedly breached her contractual obligation to the plaintiff when she downloaded the files to assist her new employer, which is a competitor of the plaintiff.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks actual damages, restitution and disgorgement in an amount to be proven in trial, punitive, exemplary and treble damages, permanent injunction, order to return all plaintiff's property, interest at the maximum legal rate, all legal fees and any other relief as this court deems just. It is represented by Arturo J. Gonzalez and Anna T. Ferrari of Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 5:16-cv-02552-HRL