Suit between competing ambulance companies dismissed

David Yates Jul. 12, 2012, 9:32am

Litigation between two competing ambulance companies was recently dismissed for want for prosecution.

In January 2011, 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, were also defendants in the suit.

During a July 11 hearing, Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, dismissed the case for want of prosecution.

Court records show that the plaintiff's attorney, John Morgan, withdrew as counsel back in January, asserting that Southeast Texas EMS no longer existed and he could not contact his client.

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 was seeking to recover actual damages and attorney's fees.

Case No. E189-060

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