The Information Technology Industry Council asked a Washington court Dec. 2 to dismiss a lawsuit filed by TechAmerica after several lobbyists left TechAmerica for ITI.
In a complaint filed Nov. 8 in Washington, D.C.’s Superior Court, TechAmerica alleged that former employees Pam Walker, Carol Henton and Trey Hodgkins used membership lists and other resources to recruit companies to commit to a new public-sector branch of the IT Industry Council — the IT Alliance for the Public Sector — before leaving TechAmerica for positions there.
The lawsuit alleges the IT Alliance told the former employees it would only hire them if 12 tech companies committed to pay $50,000 each to become members of the the IT Alliance for the Public Sector.
TechAmerica is seeking an injunction prohibiting the former employees or the IT Industry Council from using or disclosing any TechAmerica “trade secrets” and at least $5 million in damages and additional punitive damages.
But ITI said in the motion that TechAmerica has not demonstrated it has suffered any damages or that any of the former employee actions were improper.