Monday, March 16, 2015
Texas Appeals Court Reverses Trade Secret and Non-Compete Case for Beirne, Maynard & Parsons
Beirne, Maynard & Parsons,
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.
engaged Beirne, Maynard & Parsons to handle its appeal, with partner Jeff Nobles as lead
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.