Former T&T Offshore employee seeks declaration noncompetition provision is uneforceable

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jan 30, 2019

GALVESTON – A former employee of a Galveston County company alleges a noncompetition provision in an agreement he signed has made it difficult to obtain a new job.

Phillip L. Leasure filed a complaint on Jan. 3 in the Galveston County District Court against T&T Offshore Inc. seeking declaratory judgment.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was hired by the defendant in 2001 to start a marine launch services business for it. The plaintiff alleges the defendant presented him an employment contract in 2003 and the agreement contained a noncompetition provision.

The suit states the plaintiff was terminated in 2018. He alleges that because of the noncompetition provision, he has been "completely prevented" from obtaining work in the marine launch boat services sector.

The plaintiff alleges that the provision is unenforceable because he was "forced" to sign it without providing additional consideration.

The plaintiff seeks declaration that the noncompetition provisions of the employment contract are unenforceable, monetary relief of less than $100,000, attorneys’ fees, costs, interest, and all other and further relief to which he is entitled. He is represented by Benjamin F. Foster and Douglas R. Salisbury of Foster Salisbury PLLC in Houston.

Galveston County District Court case number 19-CV-0006

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