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Melaleuca sues Utah company for raiding staff

Melaleuca sues Utah company for raiding staff

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho health care and home products company Melaleuca Inc. is accusing a Utah company of raiding some of its top sales staff, infringing on company trade secrets and competing unfairly.

Melaleuca filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday against Max International and its top sales executive.

The lawsuit seeks more than $10 million in damages and asks a judge to prohibit Max International from hosting a meeting scheduled Saturday and described by Melaleuca lawyers as another attempt to raid top sales talent.

Max International is a health care products company based in Salt Lake City. Messages left for Max legal counsel were not immediately returned to the Associated Press Wednesday.

The lawsuit accuses Max of luring Melaleuca sales staff with lucrative payments and violating noncompete agreements signed with Melaleuca.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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