United States District Court, C.D. California
PSG CALIFORNIA LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, Plaintiff,
STERLING HALL, an individual, Defendant.
GEORGE H. WU, U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
Court, having read and considered the Ex Parte Application of
Plaintiff PSG California LLC (“PSG California”)
for a Temporary Restraining Order and an Order to Show Cause
Why a Preliminary Injunction Should Not Issue, and the Notice
of Defendant's Non-Opposition to Entry of Preliminary
Injunction and Non-Compliance with Temporary Restraining, and
good cause appearing, IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND
is a civil action for claims related to breaches of contract
and of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing; violation
of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), 18
U.S.C. § 1831 et seq.; violation of the
California Uniform Trade Secrets Act, California Civil Code
§ 3426 et seq.; and violation of California
Business and Professions Code § 17200. This Court has
subject matter jurisdiction over the federal claims asserted
below under 18 U.S.C. § 1836, 28 U.S.C. § 1331, and
28 U.S.C. § 1338(b). This Court has supplemental
jurisdiction over the claims alleged under state law pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. § 1367(a) because the state law claims are
so related to the federal claims that they form part of the
same case or controversy and derive from the same operative
facts and circumstances.
Court has personal jurisdiction over Hall because he has had
a continuous, systematic, and substantial presence within the
Central District of California and has engaged in conduct
within this district, including committing the acts that give
rise to the claims alleged by PSG California and causing
damage to it within this district.
Venue is proper in this district under 28 U.S.C. § 1391
in that the claims arise in this judicial district, Hall may
be found and has transacted business in this judicial
district, and the injury PSG California suffered took place
in this judicial district.
California is a Delaware limited liability company with its
principal place of business in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.
PSG has a production facility in Grand Terrace, California.
is an individual who formerly worked for PSG California in
Grand Terrace, California and who currently resides in or
near Florence, New Jersey.
California is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Dover
Corporation. PSG California provides sophisticated,
technologically advanced pumps for commercial uses in a
variety of applications and markets.
2008, Dover Corporation acquired Neptune Chemical Pump
Company, then based in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Neptune was
subsequently integrated into the company now known as PSG
California continues to sell Neptune-branded products in its
Neptune product line, which includes metering pumps, mixers,
and a range of products for use with wastewater, industrial,
irrigation, and other agricultural systems.
2018, Dover closed the former Neptune facility in
Pennsylvania and offered certain key Neptune employees,
including Defendant Sterling Hall, the chance to transfer to
PSG California’s Grand Terrace, California plant.
Defendant Hall accepted PSG California’s offer and
relocated to California in 2018. PSG reimbursed Hall for his
relocation expenses, with Hall agreeing to repay those funds
if, as ultimately occurred, he terminated his employment
within two years.
Hall had worked on Neptune pumps as an assembler when he was
in Pennsylvania. After moving to California, Hall was
promoted to Product Supervisor. As such, he had access to
highly sensitive PSG California information, including
product design drawings and financial information. Hall
continued working on the Neptune line, which annually
generates tens of millions of dollar in revenue. Hall’s
duties include executing product plans, and participating in
production and revenue meetings. Workers on the Neptune line
reported to him.
After an internal change in reporting structure, Hall
tendered his resignation on June 7, 2019. Hall’s formal
resignation date was June 21, ...