Oldcastle Case Moved to Federal Court; Expedited Discovery, Injunction Sought
November 4, 2011

Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope™ (OBE) has re-filed a complaint made against former employee Jon Todd Staley in a federal Texas court. The company had originally filed the complaint, which alleges that Staley "misappropriated Oldcastle's trade secrets and other confidential and proprietary information," in Kaufman County (Texas) court, but filed a Notice of Nonsuit Without Prejudice in mid-October, after Staley motioned for a change of court venue.

In its federal complaint, OBE also seeks a temporary restraining order against Staley, who now works for International Skylight (which does business as Acralight International), along with preliminary and permanent injunctions.

The company also filed an emergency motion for expedited discovery shortly after the complaint, alleging that Staley "transferred numerous Oldcastle documents containing confidential and proprietary information and trade secrets by emailing such documents from his Oldcastle email account to his personal email account and/or by attaching external computer storage devices to his Oldcastle computer."

"Oldcastle's proposed discovery requests … simply seek to determine the extent to which Staley possesses such information or has disclosed it to others," writes the company. "If such a disclosure has occurred, Oldcastle must know immediately so as to seek timely relief and protection of its interests."

The court denied the motion for the temporary restraining order, but entered a separate order "permitting the parties to engage in limited discovery on an expedited basis."

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