Texas Star Refreshments, Lubbock TX, Custom Food Group, $900,000 fine, Rodney and Donna Wilson, Rodney Wilson, Donna Wilson, vending machine business, vending route, vending business
LUBBOCK, TX -- A judge ordered Texas Star Refreshments of Lubbock, TX, and its founders to pay Dallas-based Custom Food Group nearly $900,000
A jury decided that that TSR's principals, who are former Custom Food Group employees, stole Custom's trade secrets and interfered with company business after they quit to launch their own business.
Custom Food filed its lawsuit in April 2010 against Texas Star Refreshments and husband-and-wife company founders Rodney and Donna Wilson. The complaint, filed one month after the Wilsons quit, claimed the employees began planning in late 2009 to leave Custom and set up a competing vending machine business with other former Custom employees.