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United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Charlotte Division
December 4, 2017, Decided; December 4, 2017, Filed
DOCKET NO. 3:15-cv-00584-FDW-DSC
THIS MATTER is before the Court upon the filing of several post-trial motions by Plaintiff and Defendant. Plaintiff has filed a Motion for Attorneys' Fees (Doc. No. 108), a Motion to Amend Judgment (Doc. No. 120), and a Motion for a Permanent Injunction (Doc. No. 123). Defendant has moved under Rule 59(a) for a new trial (Doc. No. 126), and in the alternative, moves under Rule 49(b) and 50(b) (Doc. No. 124). Defendant also seeks an amendment to the Judgment under Rule 59(e) (Doc. No. 126). All parties have responded to the pending motions, and they are now ripe for resolution. The Court addresses each motion but not necessarily in the order filed.
In the interests of judicial economy, the Court provides [*2] a general overview of the case here but summarizes the specific background relevant to the issues raised by the parties' motions in the analysis. This litigation stems from William Jesse Rowland's resignation and departure from his position with Plaintiff and the acceptance and commencement of work for Defendant. After a six day trial, the jury found Defendant liable for (i) wrongfully interfering with the non-disclosure and non-competition provisions of the Employment, Non-Disclosure, Non-Solicitation, and Non- Competition Agreement (the "Agreement") between Rowland and Plaintiff; (2) misappropriation of trade secrets; (3) unfair or deceptive trade practices, and (4) punitive damages. The jury found that Defendant was not liable for wrongfully interfering with prospective contracts between Plaintiff and Ascension Health, Greenville Health System, El Camino, and Eskenazi. The jury awarded Plaintiff (1) $1 for wrongful interference with the non-disclosure and non-competition provisions of the Agreement; (2) $600,000 in damages for misappropriation of trade secret(s); and (3) $1 for unfair or deceptive trade practices. The jury also awarded Plaintiff $100,000 in punitive damages.
II. [*3] ANALYSIS
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2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 198817 *; 2017 WL 6001637
LEGACY DATA ACCESS, LLC, Plaintiff, vs. MEDIQUANT, INC., Defendant.
Prior History: Legacy Data Access, LLC v. MediQuant, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19109 (W.D.N.C., Feb. 17, 2016)
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