Written by Gabriel Dillard
A Fresno jury has found in favor of an insurance firm accused of poaching dozens of employees from a rival firm’s offices in Fresno and other California locations.
Aon P.L.C. filed claims against Alliant Insurance Services and 10 of its former brokers for breach of fiduciary duty, aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty, breach of loyalty, intentional interference with contracts and misappropriation of trade secrets.
The case stems from the 2014 departure of 10 Aon producers followed by other employees from the firm’s offices in Fresno, Salinas and Walnut Creek. Aon argued the departures amounted to a raid orchestrated through a conspiracy.
The initial 10 departures were followed by a team of more than 60 other Aon employees, reported businessinsurance.com.
After hearings in both California and New York courts, Alliant initially prevailed when a New York court rejected Aon’s request for injunctive relief, and held that California law applied in the dispute.
In 2015, the California court ruled that Aon’s non-compete agreements were unenforceable under California law.
The Fresno jury last week ruled in favor of Alliant and rejected Aon’s claims after less than five hours of deliberation, according to a news release from Alliant.