Louisiana loan and check firm Cash Biz is alleging two former employees took trade secrets and urged customers to join a competitor they went to work for.
West End Financial Services owners John Sitton and Eleanor Sitton and employees Jordahn Wirtz and Stephanie Bailey are named in the injunction to stop the allegations and get damages filed by Cash Biz corporate attorney Kathryn Haertel.
“I have never nor shall I ever do as you indicate,” Sitton said in a letter inside the Pike County Circuit Court file that he, Wirtz and Bailey have not “used, copied or reproduced any portion of our business, your product, your forms, etc.”
Haertel chose to not comment on the court case last week. West End attorney Rex Bradley was unavailable.
On May 16, Circuit Court Judge Chris Kunza Mennemeyer’s signed a temporary restraining order against West End but only to not alter or destroy any date within their own systems. Motions were be heard in the case as the Press-Journal went to press on Tuesday, May 28 and again on Monday, June 24.
Haertel claims that Wirtz and Bailey left Cash Biz in the Raintree Mall in March and April of this year. They allegedly used in Cash Biz records and customer lists at their new jobs “causing unharmful competition,” according to court documents.
Cash Biz also said in a letter that Wirtz and Bailey were soliciting customers for their new employers prior to leaving for West End.
In a letter of reply from plaintiff co-attorney Joe Brannon, Bradley and Wirtz “adamantly deny the allegations you have made against them. They have never stolen documents or shared any confidential information belonging to Cash Biz,” he wrote.