4over Receives Settlement from Suit Against Zoo Printing, Former Employees
GLENDALE, CA—Nov. 23, 2011—4 Over, Inc. announced that it recently resolved a long running lawsuit against a local Los Angeles-based printer, Zoo Printing, and two former 4over employees who worked at Zoo Printing. 4over’s suit asserted claims for trade secret misappropriation and unauthorized use of its customer database.
4over reportedly received a substantial monetary settlement and an acknowledgement that the customer database at issue was 4over’s confidential and trade-secret information. Zoo Printing, together with Eoncode Inc., an affiliated company, are also obligated to remove and destroy all copies of 4over’s customer database from their files. Michael St. Claire of Eoncode, a company established by Zoo’s President Danny Doran, was given a copy of the 4over customer data base by Zoo.
“Lawsuits are expensive, but sometimes you have to do what is right and protect your customers’ information. Trust, integrity and loyalty are important to 4over; our customers need to know that we will take action to protect their information,” commented 4over’s CEO Zarik Megerdichian.
The company filed its lawsuit when it learned that a former high-level and trusted employee had kept a CD with a copy of 4over’s customer database when he left the company. The ex-employee then gave the CD to Zoo Printing after he started working there.
Zoo, in turn, gave the list to St. Clair, who acts as Zoo Printing’s information technology specialist, to create a mailing list for Zoo to exploit. Using the mailing list, Zoo rolled out an e-mail marketing campaign soliciting print orders directly from the 4over customers on the list.
4over acknowledged that Zoo Printing continues to deny it did anything wrong.
4over is North America’s largest trade only printer, and is committed to offering its customers innovative products and print solutions that enable them to compete in today’s increasingly competitive marketplace. With facilities in seven states and Canada it has a footprint that enables it to offer a ground shipping time of two days to almost the entire lower 48 states.