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Scopelitis Leads Client to a Major Defense Verdict Before Lake County Jury

Andrew F. Marquis

September 20, 2021

Last week the Scopelitis Law Firm’s Commercial Litigation Team secured a complete defense verdict involving a non-compete agreement/interference with contract action brought forward in notoriously challenging Lake County, Indiana.
 
Scopelitis Partner Andrew Marquis led the Defense for the case, which included contract-based allegations against a former employee dispatcher who accepted a position at a competing trucking company while under a non-solicitation and non-compete agreement. The Plaintiff requested $2 million in lost profits. After hearing three days of evidence and arguments from both sides of the case, the jury returned with a complete defense verdict for the Ohio-based intermodal carrier.
 
“The jury understood the issues and came back with the right result,” said Marquis. “There are obviously many different varieties of restrictive covenants and enforcement actions, but we relied on the evidence in this case, and it thankfully led to the defense verdict for the client.”
 
Scopelitis is the largest law firm in the country focused solely on transportation and related industries. Marquis has been with the Firm for 13 years. He is regularly involved in various commercial litigation matters across the country related to the transportation industry, including in connection with restrictive covenants. Marquis regularly coordinates with the Firm’s employment law partners in subsequent contract drafting refinements informed by such litigation.
 
“Litigation related to non-compete or non-solicitation agreements can be taxing and drawn-out,” said Scopelitis Senior Litigation Partner Thomas Schulte. “But we always strive to guide the client on the particular jurisdiction’s law on the topic to drive forward to the best and most efficient result.”

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Case outcomes vary based on numerous factors, including the specific facts of the case. No attorney can guarantee a positive result in any particular case.

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