Volleyball academy sues former employees over startup business

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Mar 11, 2013

GALVESTON - Absolute Volleyball Academy of Texas Inc. has filed suit against two former employees who have allegedly started their own business using a client list from Absolute's database. 

A lawsuit filed Feb. 28 in Galveston County District Court accuses Friendswood residents Michelle Goswick and Riley Salmon of starting RS10 Consulting LLC while they worked for Absolute Volleyball Academy.

Goswick was AVA's business manager while Salmon was a coach.

AVA, which has an enrollment of approximately 400 students, terminated the defendants for failing to meet its expectations, according to the suit.

The suit says the plaintiff recovered emails and text messages between Goswick and Salmon which reportedly discussed contacting its customers and alleges the pair intended to interfere and disrupt the academy's professional relationships.

AVA believes the defendants had access to 288 email addresses and phone numbers.

The original petition additionally accuses Salmon of contacting parents and athletes via email, phone, Facebook and Twitter in an effort to "do harm to AVA."

Galveston County 56th District Court Judge Lonnie Cox issued a temporary restraining order against the defendants on Feb. 28.

A temporary injunction hearing is set for 10 a.m. March 14.

Attorney Todd A. Phillips with Wright & Close LLP in Houston is representing the complainant.

Case No. 13-CV-316

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