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Acer Sues Samsung in U.S. Over Non-Compete Clause in Hiring Bid

February 24, 2012

Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Acer Inc., the world’s fourth- largest computer maker, said its U.S. affiliate filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co. to challenge a non-compete agreement signed by an executive it plans to hire.

Acer is in talks to hire Scott Ledterman, who has worked at Samsung, and filed the lawsuit as a precautionary action because of the non-compete clause, Henry Wang, spokesman for the Taipei- based company said by phone today. He didn’t name the position to be filled by Ledterman, who is named in the court filing as a plaintiff in the case.

Ryan Crosner, an attorney at Rutan & Tucker LLP representing the plaintiffs, declined to comment when reached by phone at his office in Costa Mesa, California. Ledterman couldn’t be reached for comment. Samsung declined to comment as it wasn’t immediately able to confirm the suit, Seoul-based spokesman James Chung said by telephone.

The case is Acer America Corp., et al. v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc., et al., 5:12-CV00914, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.

--With assistance from Jun Yang in Seoul. Editors: Suresh Seshadri, Subramaniam Sharma

To contact the reporter on this story: Tim Culpan in Taipei at tculpan1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Tighe at mtighe4@bloomberg.net


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