Kemah resident sued for violating non-compete agreement

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jun. 10, 2012, 6:00am

GALVESTON - True North Marine LLC alleges Kemah resident Antonio Bettale violated the no competition clause of its employment agreement with him, recent court documents say.

According to a lawsuit filed June 4 in Galveston County District Court, Bettale violated the agreement when he resigned and then went to work with one of the plaintiff's competitors.

Both parties executed the contract last Feb. 23, with Bettale consenting to not compete.

The suit shows "the covenant's limitations were reasonable as to time, geographic area and scope of activity to be restrained."

During his time with the complainant, Bettale attended specialized training on the East Coast at which he received handouts concerning company policies and procedures.

Bettale then informed the plaintiff that he was resigning and would begin working for Elite Diesel Service LLC two months ago.

Though he was reminded about the agreement, the defendant proceeded with his employment with Elite Diesel, a local rival, the original petition says.

Elite Diesel joins Bettale as a defendant in the case because it reportedly committed tortuous interference.

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks unspecified monetary damages and a temporary injunction.

Attorney Kenneth D. McConnico of Kemah is representing the complainant.

Galveston County 10th District Court Judge David Garner is presiding over the case.

Case No. 12-cv-1317

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