Jawbone sues Fitbit for poaching employees with access to confidential information

Fitness wearable maker Jawbone has sued rival company Fitbit over claims that the latter poached employees with access to sensitive information about Jawbone's upcoming products. As reported by The New York Times:

Jawbone sued Fitbit in California State Court here on Wednesday, accusing its rival of "systematically plundering" confidential information by poaching employees who improperly downloaded sensitive materials shortly before leaving.

The report goes on to mention that the claims include mentions of former Jawbone employees forwarding and downloading highly confidential information about company products to personal email accounts and thumb drives before they left:

Another employee who specialized in audio products, Patrick Narron, told Jawbone on April 8 that he planned to leave in two weeks to take another job — but did not disclose that he was heading to Fitbit, and was allowed to stay. The complaint claims that Mr. Narron sent confidential information about future products to his personal email address several times, in violation of corporate policy.

Jawbone and Fitbit are two of the biggest names in the competitive fitness wearable space. As the fierce rivals go to court, this will definitely be an interesting saga to watch unfold if the claims hold up.

Source: The New York Times; Via: Re/Code

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  • Don't care too much for Pebble so go ahead Jawbone. You have my approval..
  • Fitbit its from Pebbe?
  • Oops lol was accidentally mixed the names up. Lol could have sworn it said Pebble before or maybe I just mixed it up with the story before this one.
  • The article below this is about Pebble lol
  • Dan, about Pebbe and OneNote: http://www.winbeta.org/news/microsoft-confirms-onenote-pebble-pipeline-m...
    MS says that is not happening.
  • Um...I've never heard of Jawbone...but I've heard of fitbit
  • I am much more familiar with Jawbone than fitbit.
  • Care to share some photos of the giant rock you live under?
  • Apparently it's a giant "pebbe."
  • It kind of feels like two small fish trying to eat each other as much larger ones (Apple/Google) come to swallow them both.
  • You mean microsoft and google. apple don't have a fitness watch FLM
  • If I must take a side I hope Jawbone loses this one.  They promised a WP App last effin year and we are still waiting for it.   Screw them..
  • I like fitbit
  • Weird to sue the company. Normally employees sign a non compete agreement. I know I have. If they did sign then they are in breach and would be sued individually.
  • Exactly. If they knew this then they waited, they specifically are attempting to seek damages from Fitbit based on sales after this timeframe. When did they become aware of the breach? Why did they not hold the employee accountable then? Clearly they had access and he was still under that agreement that must have existed. Fitbit is innocent here.
  • Very clever use company email send to personal email. Use usb stick!!
  • He should have just taken pictures with his phone.
  • Forget them both, bring on Band 2.
  • Fitbit is better jawbone is ghetto
  • Is it like the e watchs ​