BEAUMONT – A Beaumont man is alleged to have used trade secrets of his former employer without authorization.

United States Precious Metals LLC filed a complaint on Nov. 8 in the Jefferson County District Court against James E. Neale seeking injunctive relief and a temporary restraining order and alleging breach of contract.

According to the complaint, Neale is a former employee of the plaintiff. The suit states that during his employment, he signed an employment agreement that contained a noncompete clause and clauses regarding trade secrets and confidential information.

The plaintiff holds Neale responsible because the defendant allegedly engaged in activities in violation of this agreement, which include soliciting the plaintiff's clients and unauthorized use of confidential information and trade secrets.

The plaintiff seeks actual, punitive and exemplary damages, temporary injunctive relief, temporary restraining order and such other relief that are lawful and equitable. It is represented by John S. Morgan of Morgan Law Firm in Beaumont.

Jefferson County District Court case number A-200918




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