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Byrne, OSS acknowledge ‘unwise’ decision but deny misuse

Keywords: Tags  A.M. Castle, Thomas Byrne, Oilfield Steel Supply, OSS, Seyfarth Shaw, lawsuit, Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — Lawyers representing Thomas Byrne and Oilfield Steel Supply LLC (OSS) described Byrne’s 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 (, July 9).

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