Filed this week, the lawsuit claims that former trauma unit salesmen Brandon Cain and Donald Lee Lewis violated non-compete agreements when they accepted jobs at the rival company.
Lewis began working at DePuy in May 2001, and Cain joined in February 2011. The pair resigned in July 2013 and have been "actively soliciting the business of their former DePuy Synthes customers on behalf of their new employer, Peerless Surgical," according to DePuy’s filed complaint. DePuy is asking the court to enjoin the duo from disclosing DePuy’s confidential information or from competing with the company in the regions the team used to run for DePuy.
The new lawsuit, filed in Pennsylvania, comes on the heels of a similar complaint that DePuy Synthes filed in July. The company then accused a pair of former sales reps of breaking employee secrecy, intellectual property, non-competition and non-solicitation provisions of their employment contracts when they took on roles at Sky Surgical, a distributor for rival medical device company Globus Medical (NYSE:GMED).