Array Technologies settles 5-year lawsuit with Nextracker

Matrix technologies and Nextrackertwo global solar tracker manufacturers have settled a five-year lawsuit that is said to have gone to court this week.

Array Technologies has filed a lawsuit (Case No. 1:17-cv-00087-JCH-LF) against Nextracker and its former parent company Flextronics International in July 2017, alleging that a former Array employee was hired at Nextracker in violation of a non-competition clause. The lawsuit was settled out of court on undisclosed money terms before the trial date of July 18.

According to an Array press release, “Nexttracker confesses that an Array employee was hired in violation of its non-compete agreement, that certain confidential information of Array was obtained unlawfully, and that Nextracker’s conduct was unlawful.”

The former employee was a business development manager at Array Technologies who, according to the lawsuit, “handled all aspects of the sale, from identifying sales opportunities to closing the sale.” The non-compete, nondisclosure and non-recruitment agreements in his employment contract required a one-year period after he left Array Technologies before being hired at a competing company.

The employee was hired at Array Technologies in 2013 and was in talks for a position at Nexttracker in June 2016. The lawsuit alleges that the former employee transferred approximately 7,000 confidential electronic files prior to leaving Array Technologies and was hired at Nexttracker shortly after.

“The parties are pleased to finalize this matter and look forward to continuing their joint mission of mainstreaming clean energy globally,” the press release said.

News release from Array Technologies

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