Theft of trade secrets suit filed against competing ambulance company

David Yates Jan. 7, 2011, 2:55am

Southeast Texas EMS has filed suit against Cindy Bridges, a former manager who allegedly quit and formed her own ambulance service by stealing trade secrets.

The suit was filed Jan. 4 in Jefferson County District Court. Bridges rival company, Alpha Rescue, and partner, Sam McCoy, are also defendants in the suit.

Court records show Bridges managed Southeast Texas EMS for eight years and was trusted with all the company's trade secrets, including medical providers, pricing information and marketing strategies.

"Defendant Bridges converted all of these trade secrets... and formed a competitive ambulance company," the suit states, adding that she is guilty of tortious interference and conversion.

Southeast Texas EMS is seeking a restraining order and injunction to stop the defendants from capitalizing on its trade secrets.

The company also hopes to recover actual damages and attorney's fees.

Southeast Texas EMS is represented by Beaumont attorney John Morgan.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court.

Case No. E189-060

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