A New York-based placement firm and three of its employees unlawfully stole and used a competitor’s trade secrets in order to launch their own competing temporary staffing business, a state judge has found.

New York State Supreme Court Justice Herman Cahn (See Profile), in 24 Seven v. Fiorello, 600547/04, confirmed a special referee’s finding that defendant, The Gromwell Group, and three of its employees violated two temporary restraining orders by continuing to retain and use client information taken from plaintiff, 24 Seven, and by engaging in systematic spoliation of evidence before 24 Seven was set to proceed with discovery.

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