Motorola Sues Over Zafirovskis Nortel Appointment

Motorola Inc. is suing its former president and COO for breach of contract now that he has taken another job.

Mike Zafirovski is slated to become president and CEO of Nortel Networks Corp. on Nov. 15, and Motorolas lawsuit alleges Zafirovski, who resigned earlier this year, is violating various agreements with Motorola by accepting the position with Nortel.

Motorola claims Zafirovski inevitably would disclose trade secrets, and is seeking to keep Zafirovski from working for Nortel for two years. The equipment maker also wants to bar Nortel from soliciting or hiring Motorola employees.

The lawsuit does not name Nortel as a defendant, but does request action against Zafirovski and his employers, among others.

Nortel and Zafirovski are reviewing the lawsuit and say they will pursue discussions with Motorola and try to resolve the dispute over Zafirovski’s appointment.

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