TRO issued in suit over non-compete agreement

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jun. 14, 2012, 6:38am


GALVESTON - A local state district judge issued a temporary restraining order in a March lawsuit alleging violations of a non-compete agreement.

Galveston County 122nd District Court Judge John Ellisor approved Autrey McVicker and Maritime Sanitation Inc.'s application for a TRO May 29.

The plaintiffs are suing Lonnie Finney of Santa Fe after he obtained employment with a direct competitor despite a non-compete agreement.

According to the original petition filed March 27, Finney entered into the non-compete agreement with the plaintiffs on Feb. 17, 2010.

He ended his eight-month employment with the complainants late last year and subsequently started working for Redfish Inland Marine, a supposed rival of Maritime Sanitation with offices located within approximately 100 yards of the plaintiff, the suit says.

Finney submitted an original answer and a counter claim to the plaintiffs' allegations, asserting the non-compete agreement is unenforceable and the contract in which it was reportedly included does not exist.

The TRO generally prevents Finney from initiating contact with the plaintiffs' customers.

A hearing for a temporary injunction is set for June 22 at 10 a.m.

Attorney Frederick L. Fuhr with The Fuhr Law Firm in League City is representing the respondent.

Case No. 12-cv-619

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