Cumulus/Peoria Gets Temporary Restraining Order Enforcing Noncompete Against AE Who Joined Alpha Cluster
February 16, 2015 at 3:59 AM (PT)
A judge in U.S. District Court for the Central District of ILLINOIS has granted CUMULUS a temporary restraining order enforcing a six-month, 60-mile-radius noncompete against a former account executive at its PEORIA, IL cluster.
Judge JOE BILLY MCDADE granted the order in part, blocking JOSEPH (JOEY) OLSON from jumping to the crosstown ALPHA MEDIA cluster for six months and blocking him from contacting his previous clients or using CUMULUS' confidential information for 12 months, starting on JANUARY 7th. A telephone conference call will take place TUESDAY (2/17) on the matter, and CUMULUS is being required to post $25,000 bond.
OLSON, a former minor league hockey player who joined CUMULUS in early 2013 after working as a plumber for ROTO-ROOTER with no sales experience, quit CUMULUS and took a job with ALPHA on JANUARY 7th. CUMULUS filed its suit against OLSON and ALPHA on FEBRUARY 9th, stressing its training of OLSON in sales and provision of a client list and resources and noting that as a result, OLSON generated sales revenue of approximately $243,089.00 in 2014. In the suit, CUMULUS said that ALPHA's attorney believes that the noncompete is unenforceable.