Indiana Trade Secret Litigation: Angie’s List Alleges Theft of Trade Secrets by Amazon Local and Employees

Indianapolis, Indiana – Indiana intellectual property lawyers for Angie’s List Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana sued in the Southern District of Indiana alleging theft of trade secrets. The Defendants in this litigation are AmazonLocal LLC of Seattle, Washington, Michael Albo, Kristin Baker, Dan Beary, Colton Bozigian, Jake Connerton, Adam DiVincenzo, Brandon Goodwyn, Kristen Haught, Justin Hillman, Amit Jain, Joshua Keezer, Olivia Landergan, Daniel Malamud, Raissa Masket, Samantha McDonald, Jason Patrao, Sharon Porter, Darren Reinstein, Billy Restrepo, Michael Shmunis, and Jacquelyn Vail.

In its 42-page complaint, Angie’s List alleges that competing business Amazon Local


and some of its employees misappropriated proprietary information belonging to Angie’s List by fraudulently obtaining membership accounts and, using this members-only access, obtained and misused proprietary information about thousands of service providers about which Angie’s List had gathered data.

This federal lawsuit alleges that the data downloaded by Defendants from Angie’s List was subject to a membership agreement, which was a condition of membership and wherein members agreed not to “reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, re-sell or exploit” any of the data. These restrictions were ignored, says Angie’s List, and instead its proprietary information has been used to build a database of service providers for Amazon Local’s use.

The complaint, filed by Indiana trade secret attorneys for Angie’s List, includes the following claims:

• Count I: Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
• Count II: Breach of Contract
• Count III: Tortious Interference with Contract
• Count IV: Misappropriation of Trade Secrets
• Count V: Conversion
• Count VI: Theft
• Count VII: Unfair Competition
• Count VIII: Computer Tresspass [sic]
• Count IX: Violation of the Stored Communications Act
• Count X: Civil Conspiracy and Concert of Action

• Count XI: Request for Preliminary and Permanent Injunctive Relief

Angie’s List seeks damages and injunctive relief.

The case was assigned to Chief Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson and Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch in the Southern District of Indiana and assigned Case No. 1:15-cv-00968-JMS-DML.


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