Groupon Sues Ex-Employees Who Left for Google

Claims they took 'confidential trade secrets'

Groupon is suing two former employees who allegedly took “confidential trade secrets” to their new jobs at Google. The two ex-sales managers, Michael Nolan and Brian Hanna, left Groupon in September to join competing daily deals service Google Offers. Now, Groupon is taking legal action to keep them from divulging any more top secret information to their new employer.

Groupon claims that by defecting to Google, Hanna and Nolan are violating their employment agreement with Groupon, which forbids them from working for a direct competitor for 24 months after leaving the company.

Groupon’s civil lawsuit, filed on Oct. 21 in Illinois, argues that because “Hanna and Nolan will provide the same or similar services as they provided at Groupon” in their new positions at Google, they will be required “to employ confidential and proprietary information that they learned while employed at Groupon.” The company is now seeking a court order that would keep the two former employees from divulging any top secret information that could “irreparably” harm Groupon.