When William Burns quit his job with Island Sports Physical Therapy and started his own business, his former employer sued him for absconding with company information.
After the Suffolk County Supreme Court found in Burns's favor, and dismissed the case, Island Sports appealed to the Appellate Division, Second Department.
Even though Burns had made preparations to open his business while he was still associated with Island Sports, since he didn't use the company's resources, solicit its customers, or steal any "trade secrets," the AD2 was of the view no legally actionable wrongdoing had occurred.
Was that a stretch?
To view a copy of the Appellate Division's decision, please use this link: Island Sports Physical Therapy v. Burns