Document Technologies, Inc. et al v. West et al
||Document Technologies, Inc., Epiq Systems, Inc. and Epiq Ediscovery Solutions, Inc.
||Steven West, John Parker and Seth Kreger
||April 3, 2017
||US District Court for the Southern District of New York
||Foley Square Office
||Jed S. Rakoff
|Nature of Suit:
||Other Statutory Actions
|Cause of Action:
||18 U.S.C. § 1030
|Jury Demanded By:
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|July 6, 2017
OPINION: The Court held a three-day evidentiary hearing on whether plaintiffs' were entitled to injunctive relief and, on the basis of the Court's assessment of the evidence presented at that hearing (including its assessment of the witness es' demeanor and credibility), denied plaintiffs' motion by bottom-line Order dated June 16, 2017. This Opinion explains the reasons for that ruling. DTI's motion for a preliminary injunction fails as to the facts and the law. On the f acts, DTI mistakenly portrays what are in actuality innocuous or otherwise legitimate acts by LDiscovery and the Individual Defendants as part of a conjectural (but unsupported) scheme to misappropriate DTI's trade secrets and improperly compete for its clients and employees. On the law, DTI's expansive view of its trade secrets and the restrictive covenants in its employment agreements is at odds with New York law and the testimony elicited during Court's three-day evidentiary h earing, and DTI accordingly has failed to show a likelihood of success on the merits or imminent and irreparable harm. For all the foregoing reasons, the Court denied DTI's motion for a preliminary injunction in its Order dated June 16, 2017, and as further set forth herein. (Signed by Judge Jed S. Rakoff on 7/5/2017) (ras)
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