Baldwin Risk Partners LLC units have filed a poaching lawsuit against Alliant Insurance Services Inc. and a former official who abruptly left to join Alliant earlier this month.
the trial, Armfield Harrison & Thomas, LLC and BRP Colleague, Inc. v. Brian King; and Alliant Insurance Services, filed in US District Court in Seattle on May 8, alleges that partner Brian King resigned from the Baldwin unit of Armfield Harrison & Thomas without notice on May 4 and announced that he was joining Alliant on May 5.
The complaint states that King worked for AHT since August 2014, and joined BRP around December 2020 in connection with the acquisition of AHT.
He had authority to sell general property, casualty, life, accident and health insurance. It said he signed a confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement with AHT and BRP.
“During the weeks, if not months, leading up to his resignation, King engaged in out-of-the-ordinary communications with the clients he served for the plaintiff,”; the complaint states.
“For example, over several weeks in April 2023, King emailed nearly every client he worked with to provide them with all of their most recent files, including filings, loss runs, ‘summaries’ of their current insurance products and status and policy numbers, among other things.”
The lawsuit accuses Mr. King and Alliant for violating the Defend Trade Secrets Act and conspiracy; Mr. King with breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty and duty of loyalty; and Alliant with aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty and duty of loyalty and tortious interference with contracts, business relationships and expectations.
It seeks, among other things, a temporary restraining order and preliminary and permanent injunctions.
Spokesmen for the companies could not be reached for comment.
Aon PLC sued Alliant 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.