Willis Towers Watson PLC pursues poaching litigation against Lockton Cos. LLC and Alliant Insurance Services Inc. in federal courts in Florida and North Carolina, respectively.
The case that Willis brought against the former head of its optional reinsurance business for Central America and the Caribbean was transferred from state court to federal court in Miami on Sunday, according to court papers in Willis Towers Watson CAC v. Antonio Matta and Lockton Re LLC.
In the second case, Willis calls for a temporary restraining order against Alliant, in connection with the resignation of members of its Charlotte, North Carolina-based public entity and educational practice, according to court documents filed in Asheville, North Carolina, in Willis Towers Watson Southeast Inc. v. Alliant Insurance Services Inc. et. al.
In the Florida case, Willis says that Matta abruptly resigned from his position as Miami president and CEO of WTW CAC, which he co-created, in November 2020 to join Lockton.
The trial states that he illegally took and used confidential Willis information and incorrectly requested Willis clients. It accuses him of breach of contract and duty of loyalty, torture interference in contractual relations and, trade secrets such as abuse, among other accusations.
The disputes in North Carolina, which were first filed on August 1
It is said that on July 20, a large group of WTW's southeastern employees resigned from across the country, including the individual defendants, "in an orchestrated manner."
It stated that while Willis was initially able to persuade three of the defendants to rescind and return, "it was a short-term solution" because they left Alliant less than two weeks later and used that period to ask more Willis employees to leave. Alliance.
"The Alliance's coordinated raid on WTW SE's public entity and training practices is not an accident, but in fact Alliant & # 39 ;s modus operandi and business plan," the complaint alleges.
Among the charges against the defendants, which include Mark A. Goode, former CEO of the practice, are breach of contract, torture in breach of contract and misuse of trade secrets.
On 12 August, Willis filed an application for interim restraint and injunction. The defendants filed an application against the objection the following day. The court has not yet announced a decision on the motions.
Poaching has been an ongoing issue among major brokers. In July, for example, a Florida State Court judge issued a temporary restraining order against Marsh LLC and several former Aon employees on Wednesday in connection with the broker's alleged poaching of 44 former Aon brokers.