- Client: PepsiCo, Inc.
- Date: 1995
- Location: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Schiff Hardin filed an action on behalf of PepsiCo, Inc. against a former employee and his new employer, The Quaker Oats Company, seeking emergency and permanent injunctive relief. PepsiCo claimed that the former employee would "inevitably" use and disclose its trade secrets and confidential information in violation of the employee's confidentiality agreement and trade secret laws.
Following a hearing on a temporary restraining order, intensive expedited discovery, and an extended trial of a preliminary injunction motion, the trial judge granted PepsiCo a preliminary injunction enjoining the employee's participation in a broad range of activities, including pricing, marketing, and distribution of beverages, as well as any use or disclosure of PepsiCo's trade secrets.
The Seventh Circuit upheld the decision in a frequently cited ruling on the "inevitable disclosure" doctrine.
PepsiCo, Inc. v. Redmond and Quaker Oats Co., 54 F 3d. 1262 (7th Cir. 1995)