Company sues former employee over trade secrets

By Melody Dareing | Feb 24, 2014

A company is suing one of its former employees for allegedly exposing trade secrets.

Chemical and Petrochemical Inspections LP filed a lawsuit Feb. 18 in the District Court of Jefferson County against Randy Tomplait.

CPI accuses Tomplait of breach of contract; tortuous interference; conversion; breach of fiduciary duty; common law duty of loyalty; breach of employment contract; misappropriation of trade secrets; misappropriation of time, labor, skill and money; violation of Texas Theft Liability Act; and conspiracy.

The lawsuit states that Tomplait was a supervisor with CPI where he was responsible for the maintenance and supervision of field operations and where he became knowledgeable in confidential business information and trade secrets. 

CPI alleges Tomplait then accepted employment with a competitor and divulged the information he had to the competing company, according to the complaint.

CPI is seeking damages in excess of the jurisdictional limits of the court, pre and post-judgment interest, plus court costs.

It is represented by James Wimberley of McPherson, Hughes, Bradley, Wimberley, Steele & Chatelain.

District Court Case No. E195-350

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the District Court of Jefferson County Texas. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

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