This case has to do with the circumstances surrounding the departure of the former general counsel of an energy company and the legal ethics surrounding his departure and his subsequent activity, starting his own solar panel energy company in Louisiana.
After having worked and provided legal advice to a solar panel energy company for three years, this general counsel left to start his own alternative energy company, which was designed to become a direct competitor to his former employer, with a business model that was nearly identical to that employer.
His original employer has claimed that he misused the opportunity and the position of trust they put him in as general counsel for their energy company, by acquiring and using proprietary information from their company to start his own. As general counsel, he had direct contact with company executives and access to a lot of proprietary information, such as business plans, financial records and much more and proceeded to use that to start his new company. His former company asserts that, because a lot of the information he used to build his new company belonged only to their company, his new company is not legitimate. They claim that he had a fiduciary duty not to use that proprietary information for his own benefit, or to their detriment. In essence, by creating his own energy company, he did both, according to the company.