ADT And Integrator Competitor Go To Court Over Soliciting Microsoft

By Isabella Cheng, Published May 27, 2021, 09:32am EDT

In a David vs Goliath contest, a small Washington integrator has sued ADT, after hiring an ex-ADT employee, contesting over numerous accounts, most notably Microsoft.

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In this report, IPVM analyzes the case as well as the risks involved for integrators and employees.

Integrator ********** ******** ******** **** ***

** ***** **, ****, a ********** *** **********,******** ********, ***** **-**** ************** * **************/*************** ********* signed ** ** **-***, now-Entrance ******** ******** ***** she *** ***** ** ADT:

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Ex-ADT ******** ***** ******** ********, ********* ******** *** ******* ********* *********

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*** ******* ************** *****, *** ****** *** ADT ** ***** *** marketing ***** ******* *, 2020, *********** ****** ********* to **** *** ******** on ******* **, ****. Moore ********** ****** ******* Security ***** (***) ** March ****, ****** *** ******** ** ADT** ******** ****.

********* ** ********'* *********, ADT **** ******** * "Cease *** ******" ****** on ******** **, ****, shortly ***** ***** ******, which ******* ***** *** solicited *** ******* *** violated ** ********* ** not ** **:

** ** ***** ******** 23, ****, *** **** Entrance ******** * “***** and ******” ****** (“***** and ******”) ******** **. Moore ********* *** ********* ADT ********* ** ********* of * *************** *** noncompetition ********* (“************** *********”) she ********* ****** ** or ***** ***** **, 2019.

*******, ******** *** *** attach * **** ** this ***** **, **** agreement ** ** *******, so *** ***** ***** are *** *********.

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******** ****** **** *** alleged ***** *** ********* a ****** ******* ******, Intercity *******. * ******* manager ** ***,**** *******, ********** * ******************* ***** ********* **** Intercity ******* *** *********, including ***** ********* ******* Moore *** *** *** companies.

Intercity ******* *** ********* ******

*******'* *********** **** ** is "***** ** *** instances ***** ** ******* that **. ***** ******** solicited *** *******" *** attached * ****** ******* Intercity *******, *********, *** Moore ** ********.

** *****'****** ** ************** ******* *, ****, the *** ****** ***** left ***, *** ******:

* ****** ** *** you **** **** **** Friday **** ** ** last *** **** ** ASG/ADT!I **** ** ***** ** ******* ***** ********** ***** *** **** ***** ** * ** ***** **** *** **** **** ****** ****** ☹ I will reach out to both you and Jason when I start to let you know where you can contact me for future material needs! [emphasis added]

********** ************** **** ** email** ***** ** ******** 18, ****, ***** *** started ******* *** ********, and ***** *** * quote. **** ***** *** sent ** **** *****'* old *** ***** ** well ** *** *** Entrance *****.

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ADT ****** ~$***,*** ** **** *****

*** ****** ** *** lost "****** $***,***" **** in *** ***** *** 2 ********* *****, ***** Wide ************ *** *********, between ****** **, ****, and *** **, ****. ADT ******** ***** **** to *****'* *********, *******:

***** **. *****'* ********* from ***, *** ***** attributable ** ***** **** Technologies *** ********* **** dropped *************.

*******, *** *** ********* only ******** ****** ******** Moore ********* ********* ******* and *********, **** ** mention ** ********** ***** Wide ************. *******, *** may **** ** ***** that **** ******** ** sales ** ***** **** Technologies *** ********* ** indeed ******** **** ** Moore's *******, ****** **** the ********* ********** ******** to ** ** ******* integrator.

Entrance ******** ****** ********* "******* *** *************"

******** ** ******* *** "noncompetition *********" **** ***** 2019 (***** *********** **** nonsolicitation *** **************) ****** by ***** **** *** was ** *** ******** is "******* *** *************". This ** ******* *** agreement **** *** **** requirements ** ** ***** under ********** ***** *** and *** ******* ***** and "******* ******* **** is *** ***".

************, *** ********* ****** the ********* ** ******* under ***** ****** **.**.***:

**. ***** *** *** make ** ***** $***,*** as ******** ** *** 49.62.020; *** **. ***** did *** ******* *** Noncompetition ********* ****** *** accepted *** ***** ** employment ** ******** ** RCW **.**.***.

******, *** ***** *** sets *** ************ *** when * ************** ******** is "**** *** *************":

****** *** ********'* ******** from *** ***** ******* enforcement, **** **********, ****** one ******* ******** ******* per ****.

****** *** ******** ********* the ***** ** *** covenant ** ******* ** the *********** ******** ** later **** *** **** of *** ********** ** the ***** ** ********** and, ** *** ********* becomes *********** **** ** a ***** **** *** to ******* ** *** employee's ************, *** ******** specifically ********* **** *** agreement *** ** *********** against *** ******** ** the ******.

*****, ******** *** *** attach **** ***** **** agreement ** ** ******* so ** ** *** know *** ***** *******, nor *** *** ***** non-ADT ***** ** ** the ********* ***** **** Moore.

Moore ****** ***** **** *** ***-************ *********

***** *** ********* ******* Moore ****** * ************** agreement ** ***** ****, and *** *** ****** said ********* ** ** exhibit, *** ***** *"************ *********** *** ***-************ Agreement"**** ***** ****** ** March *, **** ** an *******. ** *** time, *** ********* *** between ***** *** ***, but *** *** ******** by *** ** ****.

*** ********* ************ **** for * **** ***** Moore ****** ***/***, *** cannot "******** ** **********" solicit ***/*** *********, ***********, suppliers, *******, ** **** "prospective *******" **** ***** may **** **** ******** soliciting ****** *** *********:

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*******, **** **** ********* did *** ******* *** terms ***** ************** (*.*. going ** * ****** competitor ***** ******* ** ASG/ADT).

Nonsolicitation ***** ** *****

************** *** *** ** a *** ***** ******* Washington ***** *** ***** covenants ***** ******** *************, which *** ****** ***** met, *** ** ***** about ***-*********** **** ******** in *** ********* ***** signed ** ***** **** when *** ******* ** ASG. *******, *************** **** continue ** ** * key *****, ******* *** ASG ********* ********** ******** nonsolicitation *****. ******* *** 49.62.020 ********** ****** "**************" covenants, **** ** ********* to "***************" *********. **, it ** ******** **** nonsolicitation ********* *** ***** and *********** **** ** Moore *** *** **** $100,000 ******** ********** ** ADT.

Precedence ** ******** ************

**** ***** ******* ********** "solicitation" *** ** *********, but ********* ***** **** made ** ***** **** solicitation ** *** ******* to **** *********** ******* the ******* ******** *** or *** *** ******** contact. **** **, **** if ** ******** *** not ******** ******* **** the ********, *** ******** can ***** ** ***** to **** ********* **** customer. *** *******, * 2013 ************* ************* ************ ***. *. Harnett, ** **.********** "**** ** ** the ****** ** *** communications — *** *** initiated **** — **** determines ******* ************ *** occurred."

********* ** * ******** law ****, ******* **** ******** case, ***** *******, ***. v. *******, ********* ******:

****** ********* *** *** guarded **** *********** ** a ***-************ ********* ****** because *** ******** ********* the ******* ** *** discussion ** ***** ********.

*******, *** ***** **** that ******** ************ ******* on ******* ** *** the ******* ***** "******* an ****** **** ** the ********'* ********-****** *******," even ** *** ********-********* contact.

ADT ********* ****** **** *********

*********, ***** ********* **** ADT ** *** ********* will *** **-********* *** leave *** ******* *********** (for *******, ****** **** ****** ******** and *************). *******, ** **** case, *** ******* ******** is ************ ******** *** case ******* ***, ****** the ***** ** ******* that *** ***-*********** ********* is "******* *** *************." ADT *** *** ******* legal ****** ******* ******** for ******* ********* ** the *********, ******** ********'* complaint **** *** *** "threatened [*** *******] **** litigation" ****** ***** ******** "written ********* **** *** will *** ******* *** current ** *********** *** customer."

Possible ******** *** ******** ********

** *** ******** ****, if *** ***** ****** Entrance ******** *** *********** judgement, *** ******* **** be **** ** ******* customers ***** *** ******* over **** *** **** at ***. ** *** of *** ******* ******* Microsoft, **** ***** ** a ******** *** *** a *****, ***** **********.

** *** ******** ****, filing **** **** *** opened ** ******** ******** to **** **** ** its ******* ****. *** example, *** **** ******** has ****** ** **** case, *** *********** * *******/****************** *** ******* *** Moore. **** ******** ****** of **** ** *******, breach ** ********, *** violation ** *** ********** Uniform ***** ******* ***. ADT ** ******** **** Moore ******** *** ***** 2011 ********* ** ********** customers *** "************** *** used ***’* ***** *******". Specifically, *** ****** *** "customer ***********, ********* ******** contact *********** *** ***** history," ** "*** *********** trade ******." *** ** asking *** "********* ******* under*** **.***.****** ******** **** ******** **.***.***." ** ******** ******** loses **** ****, ** will **** ** *** damages ** *** ***** incurring *** *** *** ADT's ***** ****. *** a ***** **********, **** would ** * ***** financial ******.

Initial ********** *** ********* **** ********* *** ****** ****

*** *********** *********** *** ********* **** motion, *********** ***********(*.*. *********** ** *********** likely ** **** ************ information) *** ** ****** 16, ****. * ***** status ****** *** ********* plan *** *** ** August **, ****.

Moore ****** *** *** ** "*********** ***** ******"

********** ** ******** ***'* ******* *** crossclaims ** **** **, 2021. *** ****** ****** all * ** ***'* causes ** ****** *** lists * *********** ********. One *** *********** ******* is **** *** "***** to ******** * *********** [sic] ***** ******."

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**** ******* ******** ** ADT's ********** **** ***** has ******** *** ********** Uniform ***** ******* *** (UTSA) *** "*************** *** trade *******." ********* ************ ***** ***,* "***** ******" **** satisfy * *****: (*) it "******* *********** ******** value" **** *** ********* being ***** *** (*) is ********** ********** ** a ******.

*** ********** ******* ** its*****/************ ********** *** "******** ***********" is * "*********** ***** secret" *** **** ** satisfies *** * ********** above. *******, ***** *********. It **** ** ** to *** ** ***** that ** **** ****** own * ***** ******, which ***** ********.

*****'* ***** *********** ******** said ***'* ****** *** barred "******* ***, *** ADT, ** *** **** party ** ********" *** ADT's "******* ******* *** owing **... ***'* *** business ****** ********." *******, Moore ****** "**** ** all ** ***'* ******* are ****** ** *** failure ** ******** *** damages."

ADT *** *** ***** **** *******, ***** *******

***** **** ******* ** a ********** ******* *** alleging "** ****, *** has *** **** ***** all ****** ********* ******* in ****," ******** ** a ************ **** ****** in ******* ****. ***** claims *** ************ **** was ** **** ****** prior ** *****'* ***********, and *** *** ******** the ****. *** ****** of ******* **** ** determined ** *****.

***** ******* ** *** compensation **** **** "******* Security *****," *****'* ************ explicitly ****. *******, *** holds **** ***, *** ASG, "*** ******** *** compensation ****" ** *** paying *** *** *******. This ** ************* ** Moore's ******** **** *** is *** "**** ***** in ********" ** *** lawsuit. ****, *****'* ******** is **** *** *** taken **** *** ************ plan (*.*. * ********) she ****** **** ***. By **** *****, *** should **** **** **** the"************ *********** *** ***-************ Agreement"***** ********** ****** **** ASG.

**** **** ******** ** monitor *** **** ** see *** ***** ****** are ********.

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**'* *********** *** ******** sent ** ***** ** both *** *** ** old ***** ******** ** Ms *****. *'** **** targeted **** * *** non-compete ***** *** **** attorneys (********* *********) ***** find ********, **** ***** of, *******, ** ********** of ******** ****** **** of ***** "**********" ***** laws ** ********** ***** by *****, ****** ****** to ****/******** *** ****. So **** ** **** can *** ****** ** argued ******* ** *****/***** jurisdictions *** *** ** times, ***** ******* *************, be ******** ** * federal *****. ** **** be *********** ** *** how **** ***** ***. It ***, ** *** end, ** * **** thing *** *** ********* to *** *** **** under ***. *'* ********* just *** **** ************ effort *** ********* ****** need ** **** **** from ****..**** **** ** your ********* *** *** may ********** ****** ********* results ** *** ***** place. **'* ***** *** ADT **** *** ****'* on *** ***** **** I *******..

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*** **** **** ********* uses *** ** *** given *** ********* ***** Google *** ** *** is ********. ****** ** well ********* *********** *** aren't ******** ****** ** their *** ******* ***** competitor.

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** ** **** *********** that **** ** *** box *****. *** ***** think **** * ***** integrator ******'* **** ** be ******** ** *** sales, ****** *** ***** installation, *******, *******, ***.

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**** ** ******* **** happens **** *** ******** companies, *** ***** *** perform **** ** ***** leave. ** *** **** worked *** * ******* acquired ** *** *** already **** **** * mean. ***** **** ***** move ** ***** *********** is ** ******* *** existing ******* *** ******* it **** ** *** culture. **** **** *** their ******* ** ***** and ****'* **** ***** leave. **** *** **** happening *** **+ *****. Why ** **** **** so *******?

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*** ** **** **** so *******?

******* *** ***** ********** sued *** :)

* ** ******* *** the *********** ******* ** companies **** *** **** gone. ** *****, *** said ***** ********* ***** remain *********** *** ********* they **** ************ ******, related*** *********** ******** ******, Unifying ***** '**********' *****

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** **** (*** *******) point ****. * ***** my ***** *** **** focused ** *** ******** leaving *** *** *** customer ***** ****** * desire ** ******** **** the ********, *** ***. Perhaps ** ******** ****** on * ****** ******* to ************ ** *** companies *** *** *** usually ***** *** ***** these ****** ******.

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************ ** *** ********* and *** *** ******* their *** ***** ***** things ******.

* ***** **** **** is * ******* ****. We (****) **** ***'* know *** **** **** is * ****** ** this ******** (*** ** may **** **** **, at *** **** ***** the ***/**-*** ******** ********* criticized *** ** **** email ***** ** *** report).

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*** ****** *** ******* ASG ***** *** * mass ****** ** *** employees ****. **** ****** no **** ** **** ADT ****** ** ***** resumes.

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***** ** * *** missing ****.

* **** ** ****** how **** ******** *** did ** ******* **** those ******** ***** ** the *** ***********. ********* if *** *** ****** the ******** *** ******* by *** ******** *** team ** ****** **** an ******, ****** *** deriving *** ******* **** her *** *******.

******* ** ***** *** before ******* ** **** customer ****, **** ******* some *********** *********.

**** *** * **** offense ***** * **** defense, ** **** **** I’m *** ** ****.

** *** *** “*** sale” **** ***** **** be ******* ******** *** enterprise ******** *** ****** verified ** *** ********** software *******.

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* **** ******* **** going ** ***** **** she ****** *** *** as ** *** ** another *******? ********* ***'* just **** ** *** next ************ *****.

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*/** ******: **** *** updated *** ****** ***** with * *** ******** to ******* ****** *****'* most ****** ****** ** ADT's ******* *** ***********, and *********** * *** crossclaim ** *** ***.

********** ** ******** ***'* ******* *** crossclaims ** **** **, 2021. *** ****** ****** all * ** ***'* causes ** ****** *** lists * *********** ********. One *** *********** ******* is **** *** "***** to ******** * *********** [sic] ***** ******."

***** ******* ******* **** ADT *** *** **** her ******* ** **** yet, **** ****** *** had * *****-******** ************ plan ** ** *** point ** *** ***********. However, **** ********** ****** up *** ***** ** who ** *** "**** party ** ********" ** this ****- *** ** ADT?

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