Aon PLC sued Alliant Insurance Services Inc. and 10 of its former employees Monday in U.S. District Court in Chicago, charging that they had launched a “premeditated illegal raid” on Aon’s facultative reinsurance group.
The trialAon PLC, Aon Corp. and Aon FAC Inc. v. Alliant Insurance Services Inc., Louis Ambriano et al., allegations that, beginning April 19, Alliant used its “illegal playbook” to hire 26 Aon employees, take business from Aon’s top U.S. facultative reinsurance clients and obtain confidential and trade secret information.
The lawsuit seeks, among other things, preliminary and permanent injunctions against the former employees, the return of all Aon documents in their possession and damages.
The lawsuit states that Alliant̵7;s conduct was an attempt to “steal Aon’s US facultative reinsurance brokerage business to gain entry into the reinsurance market and kick-start the launch of Alliant Re,” and that Alliant did not have a reinsurance division nor did it compete in reinsurance brokerage. the industry before the “raid”.
Alliant’s actions demonstrated “blatant disregard for the former employees’ confidentiality, non-solicitation and non-service obligations to Aon,” the lawsuit states.
Alliant announced on April 25 that it was introducing a reinsurance brokerage division and had hired Nicholas Ambriano, who as managing director had overseen Aon’s national facultative reinsurance business.
The lawsuit cites dozens of lawsuits filed against Alliant by various brokers.
It charges the defendants with violating the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act; breach of contract; intentional interference with contractual relations; tortious interventions with potential financial benefits; breach of fiduciary duty; aiding and abetting a breach of fiduciary duty; and conspiracy.
Aon and Alliant did not respond to requests for comment.