Law Week Colorado Covers Sherman & Howard’s Landmark Jury Verdict on Raiding Company Business and Personnel
DENVER, Colo. (November 12, 2021) —Law Week Colorado covered a recent jury trial in Denver District Court between regional distributor The Ortho Agency LLC (Ortho Agency), its former sales director, Chad Giarratano, and global medical device manufacturer Exactech U.S., Inc. for Giarratano and Exactech’s conduct in allegedly collaborating to take over Ortho Agency’s existing and prospective business relationships, violating their contractual agreements with Ortho Agency, misusing Ortho Agency’s trade secrets, and poaching Ortho Agency’s contracted sales representatives.
Sherman & Howard’s Peter G. Koclanes and Nick M. DeWeese represented Ortho Agency and its founder Michael Shatzer. The jury verdict is a landmark decision in the medical device industry where raiding of smaller distributors’ business and personnel by large manufacturers occurs all too often. More importantly, the decision sends a clear message that manufacturers in any industry should not engage in conduct that interferes with their distributors’ sales and customer relationships or with the distributors’ relationships with their sales representatives.
Read the full article about the details behind the jury verdict in Law Week Colorado.