Judge Stops Specialty RTP Employee from Stealing Permian Basin Customers of FlexSteel Pipeline Technologies
June 17, 2020
HOUSTON – A state district judge has issued an injunction to stop spoolable reinforced thermoplastic pipe salesman Jeremy Joy at his new employer Specialty RTP, LLC from approaching certain existing and potential customers of Mr. Joy’s former employer FlexSteel Pipeline Technologies Inc.
This injunction is a response to a lawsuit charging Mr. Joy with breaching his contract with his former employer FlexSteel and using FlexSteel’s Permian Basin confidential customer information to try to lure them to buy instead from FlexSteel’s competitor, Specialty RTP.
The lawsuit states that Mr. Joy and his new employer are “attempting to steal/benefit from use of FlexSteel’s confidential business information. Defendants are waging a campaign of unfair competition against FlexSteel using a strategy based (on) ill-gotten advantages and outright betrayal. FlexSteel is suffering immediate, incalculable and irreparable harm, and the conspiracy between Defendants, who have their crosshairs centered on FlexSteel, must be stopped—and stopped now.”
Mr. Joy left FlexSteel in February 2019 and in May 2019 started working the same geographic territory selling Specialty RTP’s similar reinforced thermoplastic pipe to the oil and gas industry in the Permian Basin.
On June 11 the Harris County state district judge ordered a halt to contact with FlexSteel customers and potential customers to whom Mr. Joy was assigned while at FlexSteel until a scheduled January 2021 trial on the matter.
“FlexSteel appreciates the judge stopping this campaign to wrongly target their customers,” said AZA Of Counsel lawyer Shawn Bates, who is handling the case for FlexSteel with partner John Zavitsanos, and associates Neal Sarkar, Edward Goolsby and Kelsi Stayart White.
The Harris County case is FlexSteel Pipeline Technologies Inc. v. Jeremy Joy and Specialty RTP, LLC, case number 2020-10560.
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