U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York news: IBM v. Visentin

I like to visit the main page for the Southern District court (the clerk’s office page), from time to time.

This week, there is a post about some court activity by IBM in the early days of 2011.

In short, Giovanni Visentin, an executive with IBM, got an offer from Hewlett Packard (HP), which he took. IBM got upset about this, and sought an injunction from the U.S. District Court (Loretta A. Preska, Chief U.S. District Court Judge) to prevent Mr. Visentin from working for HP for one year. They said it was in his employment contract.

The Chief Judge disagreed.

Courthouse News service dot com had this IBM v. Visentin, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15342, 2011 WL 672025, SDNY, 2/16/2011, to report on the case, or you can read the whole thing yourself at one of my links above.

[Update 4/19/11: I notice from PACER that IBM is taking the Visentin loss up to the Second Circuit, as per this screen shot below:

The firm representing IBM in the matter at District Court level was Paul Weiss in New York.

There also appears to be a counterclaim by Mr. Visentin against IBM.]