On Feb. 25, 2020, a California Superior Court issued a preliminary injunction against PDF Print Communications Inc., PDF’s president, Kevin Mullaney, and a PDF employee, Fernando Cortes, to protect Ennis Inc.’s customer and trade secret information from misuse.
The case is titled Ennis Inc. and CRABAR/GB, Inc. v. PDF Print Communications Inc., Kevin Mullaney, and Fernando Cortes, Case No. RIC 1905843. As outlined in the court documents, on Nov. 26, 2019, Ennis applied on an emergency basis for a temporary restraining order to protect Ennis’ information. The court granted Ennis’ application the next day over Mullaney and PDF’s opposition. Among other terms, the court issued a temporary restraining order against PDF, Mullaney, and Cortes, which prohibited them from: (1) disclosing, sharing, transmitting or using any information, documents, files or data that Cortes accessed (or made copies of) during his employment with Ennis; and (2) breaching Cortes’s contractual obligations to return to Ennis any and all information, documents, files or data that he took from Ennis, regardless of the medium on which such materials were transferred or stored. The preliminary injunction issued on Feb. 25 replaces this temporary injunction and is expected to last through the end of the civil action.
“Ennis takes protection of its customer and trade secret information very seriously,” said Ron Graham, an executive of Ennis. “Although this information didn’t contain any PII (Personally Identifiable Information), this protected information was taken without authorization and is strictly prohibited by Ennis’ confidentiality agreement, which is signed by each employee. In light of the orders issued by the court thus far, Ennis is confident it will prevail in this litigation and ensure its customer-related information remains protected.”
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