Cases from Tennessee

United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee Western Division
Tennessee District Court Grants Preliminary Injunction for Medical Device Distributor Against Former Employees

On December 19, 2012, the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee Western Division granted a preliminary injunction in favor of Smith & Nephew Inc. (“Smith”) against several former employees, barring them from contacting several of Smith’s clients.

Smith manufactures and distributes medical devices. Smith had a sales representative agreement, with the defendants of Northwest Ortho Plus, Inc., Smith claimed that former employees – now employed by Ortho Plus, Inc. – violated their non-compete clauses by diverting customers they served for Smith & Nephew. The court concluded that there is a strong likelihood that Smith will be able to prove that the non-compete clauses at issue were enforceable and were violated by the Defendants.