TEKsystems Awarded $450,000 for Misappropriation of Trade Secrets By Modis, Inc.

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The court sides with TEKsystems and grants permanent injunctive relief and monetary award.

We believe in competing fairly and ethically with all our competitors, but in situations like this we will continue to aggressively protect our rights - whenever and wherever necessary.

In the TEKsystems vs. Modis lawsuit, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has awarded TEKsystems $450,000 for misappropriation of trade secrets by Modis, Inc. The Court concluded that Modis used information found in TEKsystems' proprietary database with knowledge that it came from TEKsystems, that the information constituted trade secrets, and that Modis refused to return the trade secret information or to delete it from its systems. In addition to the monetary award, the Court determined TEKsystems was entitled to permanent injunctive relief to prevent actual and threatened misappropriation of TEKsystems' trade secrets by Modis.

In its decision, the Court stated "it is significant to note that this is not a 'garden variety trade secrets' case." "The evidence shows that [Modis] acted with a purpose or willingness to engage in the conduct in question and that the conduct was not reasonable under the circumstances at the time and was not undertaken in good faith. The evidence also shows that [Modis] acted maliciously in that [Modis'] conduct was done with a willful and knowing disregard for the rights of [TEKsystems] and constituted despicable conduct."

"We are disappointed that one of our competitors engages in this type of conduct. It's unfortunate that we have to spend significant amounts of time, energy and resources to expose and counter this type of behavior." stated Keith Bozeman, TEKsystems' President. "We believe in competing fairly and ethically with all our competitors, but in situations like this we will continue to aggressively protect our rights - whenever and wherever necessary."

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