First Manhattan Consulting Group, LLC, et al. v. Novantas, Inc., et al.

Sheppard Mullin scored a huge victory at trial on December 19, 2017, on behalf of its clients Novantas, Inc., Executive Vice President Peter Gilchrist and Managing Director Andrew Frisbie in the case First Manhattan Consulting Group, LLC, et al. v. Novantas, Inc., et al., Index No. 652492/2014 (N.Y. Supr., Ostrager, J.) with a jury verdict finding no liability on any claim in the Commercial Division of NY Supreme Court. Novantas, Gilchrist and Frisbie had been accused by Plaintiffs First Manhattan Consulting Group LLC (now doing business as FMCG Direct) and First Manhattan Consulting Group, Inc. (collectively “FMCG”) of a variety of purported wrongdoings.

FMCG accused Gilchrist and Frisbie of breaches of their confidentiality and non-solicitation contract provisions as well as misappropriation of trade secrets. FMCG accused Novantas of tortious interference with the contracts at issue, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition. Following four days of trial and three hours of deliberations, the unanimous jury found in favor of Novantas, Gilchrist and Frisbie on all the contract-related claims. Justice Ostrager then proceeded to find in favor of the defendants on the two claims not sent to the jury – misappropriation and unfair competition, completing the win. The win is especially notable because it represents a rare case in which an unfair competition claim under New York law was tried to verdict.

Novantas, Inc. provides technology solutions and analytic advisory services to financial institutions worldwide. The company is based in NY.

Sheppard Mullin advised with a team including Rob Friedman (Picture), Rena Andoh and Paul Garrity and associates Tyler Baker, Jean Ripley and James Salem.

Involved fees earner: Robert Friedman – Sheppard Mullin; Rena Andoh – Sheppard Mullin; Tyler Baker – Sheppard Mullin; Jean Ripley – Sheppard Mullin; James Salem – Sheppard Mullin; Paul Garrity – Sheppard Mullin;

Law Firms: Sheppard Mullin;

Clients: Peter Gilchrist; Andrew Frisbie;


Author: Ambrogio Visconti