Legal news: NuVasive can review Lanx contacts with employees

October 18, 2012 by MassDevice staff

A Delaware state court rules that NuVasive can review documents covering current and former employees' contacts with Lanx, which NuVasive accuses of poaching its talent.


NuVasive Inc. (NSDQ:NUVA) can review documents covering Lanx Inc.'s contacts with current and former NUVA employees it alleges were poached by Lanx.

NuVasive, which makes spinal implants, is suing Lanx, several ex-employees who now work there and a former surgical consultant in several courts around the country. In 1 lawsuit, NuVasive accused Lanx of launching "a raid on NuVasive employees across the country," according to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court for Southern Texas.

"This raid started in Western New York, where 5 NuVasive salespeople left NuVasive to work for Lanx, and a top consulting surgeon for NuVasive announced that he had become a consultant for Lanx. Two months later, 3 top California directors and managers were recruited from NuVasive to work for Lanx. After learning of Lanx's raid on its California employees, NuVasive sent Lanx a cease and desist letter. Lanx responded dismissively, and continued to raid NuVasive employees," according to the documents.

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In another case in the Delaware Chancery Court, NuVasive asked vice chancellor Sam Glasscock III to force Lanx to identify "NuVasive employees, past and current, with whom Lanx has communicated in the past year about possible employment with Lanx, together with documents exchanged with those employees in furtherance of that purpose," according to court documents.