Thu Nov 7, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
A former ASA Electronics product manager must not work on competing RV products in his new role at Lippert Components Inc. (LCI), an Elkhart judge has ruled.
The Oct. 30 ruling from Elkhart Circuit Court Judge Michael A. Christofeno stems from a trade-secrets lawsuit ASA filed against LCI in May 2018. ASA claims its former product manager, Vince Smith, improperly used confidential information gained through his work developing the company’s iN-Command smartphone RV control system to help LCI develop its competing OneControl system when he joined that company in March 2018.
The court granted ASA’s motion for preliminary injunction forbidding Smith from doing any work for LCI relating to RV control systems. The order also forbids another former ASA employee, Rick Carver, from using his ASA contacts for one year to compete with the company in his new role as LCI’s national sales manager.
These orders are put in place while litigation in the case proceeds through the courts.
“Lippert Components takes seriously its obligation to respect the confidentiality of other companies’ information,” LCI President and CEO Jason Lippert says. “Our policy is to instruct new team members not to take any of their prior employers’ confidential information or to disclose or use any such information in their work for LCI. The Court’s order regarding ASA’s confidential information is consistent with what LCI voluntarily offered to do from the very beginning of this matter. LCI is proud of its successful track record of innovation achieved fairly and without using other companies’ confidential information.”
Click here to here to see the court’s full ruling.