Agency.com Sues Rival iCrossing Over Employees and Client Poaching

Nov 11, 2008 | 1,483 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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A news from the Wall Street Journal reports that Agency.com has filed a lawsuit against iCrossing for poaching employees, illegally.

A lot of employees from iCrossing are named as defendants in the suit. Some of them are the CEO of iCrossing former Agency.com CEO Don Scales, Colin Turney, Marlin Jackson, and Lori Wilson.

It was approximately the same time when all the employees were hired in the year 2006, a few months after the CEO himself left.

The lawsuit deals with the fact that iCrossing raided the clients and staff members of Agency.com and is worth $19.5 million dollars.

The accusation specially falls on Martin Jackson, who is blamed that he helped iCrossing in getting assignments from Marriott/Ritz-Carlton while he was still working with Agency.com.

In its complaint, Agency.com claims "employee raiding" by Scales and iCrossing "led to the closing of Agency.com's Dallas office in November 2007, and decimated Agency.com's Chicago office."

The suit also deals with a settlement that was applied between the two companies in the month of July, 2006. According to the same, Scales agreed to refrain from soliciting the staff members and clients of Agency.com for a duration of 18 months.

But on the other hand, iCrossing says the defendants "extended offers of employment to at least a dozen Agency.com employees before the restriction against iCrossing soliciting or hiring Agency.com's employees had expired."

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