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Monday, March 16, 2015

Texas Appeals Court Reverses Trade Secret and Non-Compete Case for Beirne, Maynard & Parsons


Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, L.L.P. secured a significant appellate victory for Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc., and Psychiatric Resource Partners, Inc., in a trade secret case brought by Horizon Health Corporation, a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc. PRP and Horizon both provide behavioral health consulting and management services to hospitals throughout the U.S.

Horizon filed suit in Denton County, Texas, its headquarters, and alleged that five of its employees breached non-compete agreements and committed theft of trade secrets and other torts when they joined PRP, a subsidiary of Acadia. A jury awarded Horizon $6.9 million in actual and exemplary damages and attorneys’ fees against Acadia, PRP, and the individual defendants.


Acadia engaged Beirne, Maynard & Parsons to handle its appeal, with partner Jeff Nobles as lead counsel. On February 26, 2015, the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, Texas issued an opinion reversing the trial court’s judgment. The court of appeals held there was no evidence to support a trial court jury finding of $4.2 million in lost profit damages, ordered the return of $1.5 million in exemplary damages, and reversed and remanded a $900,000 attorneys’ fee award.

 

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