Pennwell Publishing (UK) Ltd v Ornstien, Isles & ors - restrictive covenants - High Court (QBD) 18.6.07
PennWell Corporation is a business to business media company based in the USA. Mr Ornstien and the other individual defendants were employed in senior positions with its UK conference organising subsidiary, Pennwell Publishing (UK) Ltd. They had resigned and set up a company which Pennwell considered would be in competition with it. Pennwell claimed they were in breach of restrictive covenants in their employment contracts and that they had taken confidential information when they left (an xls spreadsheet, client lists and the like). All claims were settled except that against Mr Isles.