Lawyers representing Thomas Byrne and Oilfield Steel Supply LLC
(OSS) described Byrnes decision to collect confidential
customer and vendor information, including names and e-mail
addresses, prior to leaving A.M. Castle & Co. for OSS as
"unnecessary and unwise," but deny the information was used to
compete against Castle in the oil patch, according to a filing
in U.S. District Court in Illinois.
"Byrne did not forward
or otherwise disseminate these e-mails or the information
contained in them to anyone else at OSS, and neither Byrne nor
OSS has used any of the Castle information in the course of
their business," an attorney from Chicago-based Seyfarth Shaw
LLP wrote in the filing.
Byrne, OSS and A.M.
Castle did not return requests for comment.
Byrne and OSS denied
all charges brought against them by the Oak Brook, Ill.-based
distributor, which is suing to prevent Byrne and OSS from using
confidential information in the documents to compete against
Castle, asking for their return and seeking an unspecified
amount in damages (
amm.com, July 9).