Willis Towers Watson has filed a lawsuit against Marsh LLC in a Chicago court in connection with the alleged poaching of 25 employees.
The employees, mostly Chicago-based members of Willis' senior living group, left the brokerage house to join Marsh in August. Marsh has denied Willi's allegations and demanded that the case be dismissed.
On Monday, Cook County Judge Neil H. Cohen of the Chicago County Division denied Willis' request for a temporary restraining order and its request for speedy detection.  Willis accuses Marsh and its former employees of mistakenly requesting about 24 Willis customers to relocate to Marsh since September 10, resulting in a loss of more than $ 7.5 million in revenue, according to court papers in Willis Towers Watson Midwest Inc. and Willis Americas Administration Inc. v. Marsh and McLennan Cos. Inc. et. al.
In the request for the then-denied temporary restraining order and the preliminary injunction, Willis said they were "necessary to stop Marsh and former employees' defendants from wrongly requesting additional customers.
" Without a FAITH and preliminary injunction there is every reason to believe that Marsh and the former employees' defendants will illegally take additional Willis customers, resulting in lost annual revenue of millions of dollars and causing Willis significant irreparable damage.
In his brief decision, he denied FAITH and the oral request for prompt discovery gave Judge Cohen Willis until October 4 to object to the defendants' request for denial and Marsh until October 1
According to the complaint, six Willis brokers who were producers in Chicago, including Vice Presidents John Atkinson and Michael Pokora, resigned at the same time on August 5, joining Marsh on August 23 and then followed by the others.
All but two of the employees who left were in Willi's senior housing group, and all but five were based in Chicago.
The complaint states that "the former employees' defendants who were leaders in the Willis Chicago office violated their credentials regarding loyalty and non-contractual provisions by contacting their team of Chicago employees with the plan that they would resign. together to work for Marsh. "
It is stated that the defendants" have been promised more compensation and full compensation for this system, which includes breach of their restrictive agreements by asking Willis clients.
"Marsh's participation in "This system is easily apparent."
The complaint seeks injunction and prosecutes former employees and Marsh for violating the Illinois Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act, embezzlement of business secrets, breach of contract, tortious interference with contractual relationships and potential economic benefits, unfair competition and civil conspiracy.
In his rejected bid to get a FAITH, Willis asked that former employees be banned from asking Willis customers for 24 months and that Marsh must sell out of the 24 clients who left Willis for Marsh. It also requested legal fees and costs.
In his response to the complaint and request for dismissal, Marsh said that Willis "has replaced facts with headboard conclusions that only parrot the elements of its claims – a practice that Illinois law completely prohibits."
Marsh also said that Willis failed "with to identify which trade secrets were incorrect, when they became incorrect, how they became incorrect, by whom they became incorrect and in what way they were used in the defendant's business. ” The spokesmen for Marsh and Willis had no comment.
Separately. In a brief judgment last week, Judge William Thomas of the Florida District Court refused to dismiss disputes against Marsh LLC and several former Aon employees in connection with the broker's alleged poaching of 44 former Aon brokers, Aon Risk Services Inc. in Florida et al. v. Marsh USA Inc et al. Judge Thomas agreed to dismiss Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC as defendants in the case and gave Aon until October 4 to file an amended complaint. goal.
Judge Thomas issued a temporary restraining order in the case in July. Catalog