On October 22, 2009, in a case entitled Astro-Med, Inc. v. Nihon Kohden America, Inc. and Kevin Plant, on appeal from the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, the First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a jury verdict granting Astro-Med, Inc. ("Astro-Med") damages of more than $1 million against Nihon Kohden America, Inc. ("Nihon") and employee Kevin Plant ("Plant") for violating non-compete and non-disclosure clauses which Plant signed when he was first employed by Astro-Med in 2002.

Astro-Med and Nihon were competitors in the life sciences equipment market. In 2002, Astro-Med hired Plant as a Product Specialist … Continue Reading