Equipment provider alleges ex-employee, competitor violated contract

By Philip Gonzales | Aug 2, 2016

HOUSTON — A Houston company is suing a former employee and a Singapore business, alleging loss of trade secrets through breach of of contract.

Cameron International Corporation filed a lawsuit July 18 in Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Steven Abbiss and FMC Technologies Singapore Pte. Ltd., alleging that they breached the non-compete agreements.

According to the complaint, Cameron International has suffered loss of business, irreparable injury to its goodwill and reputation, lost profits, loss of market share, and will further suffer immediate and irreparable injury from the loss of confidential information and trade secrets. 

The plaintiff alleges Abbiss failed to comply with his promise not to compete against Cameron, solicit the plaintiff's employees or customers, or disclose or use plaintiff's confidential information for a limited period of time after his employment ended.

The suit says FMC Technologies hired Abiss after he had worked 25 years for the plaintiff and where he had access to trade secrets and confidential information relating to Cameron's entire Middle East operation.

Cameron International seeks trial by jury, actual damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, legal costs, injunctive relief including a temporary restraining order, preliminary and permanent injunctions and such other relief to which it is entitled. It is represented by attorneys Edward L. Friedman, Cody T. Vasut and Kelline R. Linton of Baker Hostetler LLP in Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case number 4:16-cv-02117

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