186 DraftKings Employees Utilized to Change to Fanatics, Submitting Claims


Posted on: March 22, 2024, 06:30h. 

Final up to date on: March 22, 2024, 06:32h.

Since sportswear retailer Fanatics branched out into sports activities betting in 2021, 186 DraftKings staff have utilized to leap ship and be part of new the Fanatics sportsbook. That’s in line with a submitting this week to a federal court docket in Boston by legal professionals for Michael Hermalyn, the previous DraftKings government accused of company espionage by his ex-employer.

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Michael Herlmalyn, above, has been accused by DraftKings of company espionage. Hermalyn’s legal professionals didn’t mince their phrases in a brand new submitting to a Boston courtroom this week. (Picture: DraftKings)a

DraftKings sued Hermalyn, its former SVP of VIP, in February. Its lawsuit claims he plotted for over a yr to affix Fanatics, taking with him confidential details about DraftKings’ VIP shoppers, together with its Tremendous Bowl marketing strategy.

DraftKings additionally accuses Hermalyn of “soliciting” two of its staff to change to Fanatics after he joined the corporate.

Final week, DraftKings filed a movement for a preliminary injunction. If granted, it will forestall Hermalyn working for Fanatics throughout a non-compete clause in his DraftKings contract.

Non-compete clauses are unenforceable in California, the place Hermalyn now works and resides, no matter whether or not the contract was signed outdoors of California.

Attorneys for Hermalyn and Fanatics don’t mince their phrases in a movement to dismiss the injunction request this week.

‘Tradition of Retribution’

They accuse DraftKings of “liberally distorting actuality” and of participating within the “character assignation” of its former worker.

The 186 DraftKings staff who tried to affix Fanatics had nothing to do with Hermalyn and every little thing to do with these staff “trying to flee a tradition of retribution,” the submitting claimed.

Attempting to halt this development, DK makes an attempt to make an instance out of Hermalyn, transparently to instill worry in different DK staff trying to bounce ship and halt lawful recruiting exercise by Fanatics. The Courtroom shouldn’t be misled by DK’s bombast and smoke and mirrors, and will deny DK’s requested [preliminary injunction],” the movement warns.

Furthermore, the 2 staff Hermalyn allegedly solicited “repeatedly reached out to Hermalyn, not the opposite method round, lower than 24-hours after Hermalyn had began at Fanatics, or, in line with that, that Hermalyn solely responded to questions,” in line with the submitting.

When it comes to “stealing commerce secrets and techniques,” the submitting notes that DraftKings doesn’t declare that it has misplaced a single buyer to Fanatics, and due to this fact has failed to indicate it suffered any precise hurt on account of Hermalyn’s actions.

‘Outrageous Claims’

In the meantime, DK’s allegation that Hermalyn downloaded paperwork on a “non-DK gadget” was “outrageous,” in line with the submitting.

DraftKings didn’t inform the court docket that it doesn’t provide its staff with work telephones or that the “non-DK gadget” was Hermalyn’s personal private cellphone that he used to view the paperwork as a part of his work for DraftKings. He was totally approved to do that, the submitting claimed.

“The proof reveals that Hermalyn did nothing mistaken. DK’s brazen makes an attempt to torch Hermalyn’s fame by mischaracterizing so-called ‘proof’ is in line with DK’s go-to playbook. Certainly, DK has an extended historical past of aggressively smearing staff who go away or search greener pastures with different employers,” Hermalyn’s legal professionals argued.

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