More details emerge in TechAmerica-ITI fight

EDITOR'S NOTE: A version of this story first appeared on FCW.com

TechAmerica officials spelled out more detailed allegations against the IT Industry Council in what they say was a coordinated pilfering of proprietary documents by former employees just before they abruptly left for a rival association.

TechAmerica's initial filing in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on Nov. 8 provided general allegations about the theft of membership information by the former employees but gave few specifics. An amended filing on Dec. 9 accuses the former employees of a coordinated, targeted theft of competitive information that rival ITI could capitalize on.

TechAmerica's original suit followed the Nov. 4 resignation of four of its most senior public procurement lobbyists: Trey Hodgkins, Erica McCann, Pam Walker and Carol Henton. On Nov. 5, ITI announced that the four would form the core of its new venture, the IT Alliance for Public Sector.

In its initial court filing, TechAmerica named Hodgkins, Walker and Henton, but not McCann. TechAmerica is seeking $5 million in damages, a temporary restraining order barring the disclosure of its trade secrets, a permanent injunction, punitive damages, attorneys' fees and court costs.

ITI's leadership called the claims in TechAmerica's initial filing "nebulous" and has asked the court to dismiss the suit.  

Of the latest TechAmerica filing, Robert Hoffman, ITI's senior vice president of government relations, said in a statement that his organization was "confident that we will be successful in court, while at the same continuing to advance our industry's job-creating policy agenda."

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About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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Reader Comments

Wed, Dec 18, 2013

Anyone who knows anything about the PS program knows that those who departed had their members' interests in mind, as much as their own. The CEO was making it increasingly difficult to sustain a viable program with incessant resource cuts and a very difficult managerial/personal style. That many members were willing to vote with their dollars and move to ITI only supports this point -- the question was when they'd leave, not if. The suit is ultimately a distraction from much deeper problems at TA.

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