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Can you please tell me what city and state or province is involved in your question? I cannot see it on my screen right now.
Is there more background that you can give me?
Do you have an attorney? Have you submitted an Answer to the Complaint yet?
It's possible that they're just trying to scare you off. Do you know if company B used an attorney to write the complaint?
I'll look forward to hearing from you,
This is nasty business. You need a good defense attorney.
Writing an Answer is pretty easy, because it's mostly responding paragraph by paragraph with "deny" or "agree", etc.
I suggest that you go to a large defense law firm in Fort Worth and at the very minimum, pay for a 1/2 hour to one hour consultation with a defense attorney.
If you pick a large firm that may intimidate the other side, plus it may actually cost you less in the long run.
Oh, before you do that, please check with your business insurance agent. It's possible that your insurance will cover this and give you a free defense attorney!
You can also look at this self-help site, but I don't think there's anything here to really help you.
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PS The case against you sounds like BS.
It doesn't sound to me like you've done anything wrong. You're just being too successful!
Maybe you can find an attorney who has pets who needs grooming.
Or, you may want to think of this as you can't afford NOT to hire an attorney.
Please consider my suggestion of paying for a consultation. You can get a LOT out of that. I did that once myself!
You originally told me that you did not have a non-compete with either company, but that you also got a full release from Company A.
That doesn't mean you can ignore this, but I think you have a strong defense.
Sorry, I misread. But you got the release from the first company and never had one with the second, right?
And I can't imagine that there are trade secrets and proprietory information in the dog grooming world (these laws were developed for things like chemistry, drugs, computers, etc). That leaves tortious interference, and it doesn't sound like that's going on either. Here's a definition:
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