A security company claiming a competitor stole multiple clients from it after a former employee defected has settled its case.

Four years ago, Patriot Security filed suit against S&S Investigations and Security in Jefferson County District Court.

S&S Investigations and Security allegedly lured four of Patriot Security's clients away from the company after an employee revealed confidential information, according to the original petition.

The case was slated to go to trial on Dec. 7 but settled out of court, according to a courthouse official.

Due to the loss of its clients, Patriot Security claimed it incurred losses of more than $800,000, the complaint says.

In its original complaint, Patriot Security alleged tortious interference with an existing contract, tortious interference with prospective contractual or business relations, a violation of the Theft Liability Act and misappropriation of trade secrets against S&S.

It was seeking actual, statutory, consequential and incidental damages, pre- and post-judgment interest at the highest rate allowed by law, attorney's fees, costs and other relief the court deems just.

The Bernsen Law Firm in Beaumont represents it.

Judge Kent Walston, 58th District Court, is presiding over the case.

Case No. A191-488

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