Supervalu seeks court order against former company president

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Attorneys for Eden Prairie-based Supervalu were in court today, seeking an emergency court order to prevent a former company president from working for a competitor. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal reported Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis will consider the request to bar Leon Bergmann from working in a similar executive position for Unified Grocers, based on the West Coast.

Bergmann resigned from Supervalu in October. In a court filing, he said that he had not interviewed for the position with Unified Grocers before he departed Supervalu. He also said that he has no confidential information about the company and has not solicited Supervalu clients.

Supervalu is suing Bergmann for allegedly breaking non-compete and confidentiality agreements. Meanwhile, Unified Grocers filed a counter lawsuit seeking to invalidate the non-compete under California law, which regards most non competes as unenforceable.

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