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