Continuance granted in suit between competing ambulance companies

David Yates Sep. 19, 2011, 9:00am

An unopposed motion for continuance was recently granted in litigation between two competing ambulance companies.

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

Bridges' rival company, Alpha Rescue, and partner, Sam McCoy, are also defendants in the suit.

On Aug. 18 Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, granted the plaintiff's unopposed motion for continuance, moving the case to the court's February 2012 docket.

Southeast Texas EMS filed the motion on Aug. 17, requesting the case be removed from the November docket due to the medical leave of its counsel, Beaumont attorney John Morgan.

According to the lawsuit, 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.

The plaintiff seeks to recover actual damages and attorney's fees.

Case No. E189-060

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