An executive who leaves Atlantic City’s top casino to work for a competitor should return a cellphone laden with valuable information on the highest rollers and best customers of his previous employer, a federal judge ordered .
US District Judge Gloria Navarro on Thursday issued a temporary restraining order to prevent two officers leaving Borgata Casino from contacting any past, present or future Borgata customers for Ocean Casino Resort.
He temporarily ordered them not to use any trade secrets or confidential information related to Borgata or to Ocean Casino.
But the judge did not order the two officers removed from their new jobs at Ocean, and she determined that no evidence was presented that Ocean knew of them using any Borgata trade secrets.
Officials at both casinos declined to comment on Friday.
In a lawsuit filed last month in Nevada, Borgata accused Ocean Marketing of poaching half a dozen of its marketing executives in an attempt to “cripple” it using secret details about its best and most profitable customers.
The lawsuit focuses heavily on William Callahan and Kelly Ashman Burke, two former Borgata now working in the ocean. Borgata officials say Callahan was hired by Ocean in late July, but retained the Borgata-owned phone with valuable details about Borgata customers – and has refused to return it .
The lawsuit claimed that Callahan Borga is the highest level customer of Borgata, having spent $ 1.5 million to $ 4 million per trip. Collectively, these customers were worth at least $ 25 million a year in Borgata, which would use their corporate jets to fly them to and from casinos.
One cellphone in particular on this issue is said to have taken with him from Borgata to the ocean, priceless information about Borgata’s top customers – including their personal cellphone numbers, gambling likes, likes and dislikes favorite foods and beverages. Includes, be prepared to discount large losses for how much casinos may be, and instances in which casinos may change the rules of certain games for these players.
The lawsuit was filed in Nevada because Borgata’s parent company, MGM Resorts International, is based there. But it also claims the hiring of officers violates New Jersey state law over unfair competition.