An administrator in the centre of a trade secrets lawsuit between mars and jab holdings has actually reported the legal action ended up being payback for him stopping the us-based confectioner, saying a board member literally stamped back at my foot when he resigned.

Jacek szarzynski, which joined up with the master of pret a manger and panera bread last year, said frank mars had stamped on their foot and warned me that the household would ensure that i would arrive at feel dissapointed about quitting.

The mars family members reacts with brutality to any perceived small...he said that i ought to inform my brand new boss that mars wouldn't forgive him when planning on taking individuals like me away from mars and certainly will try everything with its power to combat him straight back, mr szarzynski included in a document filed to a washington court.

Mr szarzynski also alleged that another relative, valerie mars, had reacted to his resignation by informing him: brace yourself, you will be entering the very dark globe.

He dismissed the legal activity as a vindictive, unneeded, and improper try to smear my reputation and embarrass myself and also the company which is why we now work.

It is my belief that this lawsuit has actually nothing at all to do with any genuine need (or need) to protect mars confidential information and everything regarding attempting to penalize me for leaving the mars family members, mr szarzynski stated.

The us business, helping to make products from mars and snickers taverns to dolmio spaghetti sauces and pedigree dog food, sued luxembourg-based jab in-may, alleging that mr szarzynski had downloaded over 6,000 inner documents from mars while he prepared to leave, then passed some to their brand new manager.

The lawsuit is an unusual public fight between your two privately owned customer products teams, which compete in some outlines of business jab has pressed into veterinary clinics, an area in which mars features a significant presence.

Mars wishes the judge to ban jab from using the papers and force it to delete all of them, and damages. jab features previously known as the claims without legal merit and stated that neither jab nor pret panera has actually made use of or benefited by any means from any mars information.

Mr szarzynski, a defendant into the lawsuit alongside jab and pret panera, desires the dispute with him to be settled through arbitration and/or process of law in belgium, in which he was based while working for them, as opposed to in washington.

He has accepted taking the files but said it was since they were intermingled with individual data and included the themes and formats for which i am aware simple tips to do could work. he said he and jab supplied six times to return the files and destroy all copies but mars has actually rejected to just take them right back.

But mars insists that litigation ended up being a last resort.

Indeed, in an attempt to keep the settlement discussions open, we contacted jab two times inside thirty days before we submitted the lawsuit and got no response, it stated in a declaration.

Jacek szarzynski downloaded 1000s of confidential mars papers showing important trade secrets and extremely painful and sensitive financial information, it said as a result towards the most recent statements. he then passed along some of the confidential mars documents to their brand new workplace.

Mr szarzynski and jab don't dispute these details, it included. their particular arguments tend to be an attempt to divert interest from their particular wrongdoing and paint a deceptive picture...we anticipate continuing with this litigation and they are confident i will be effective.

Mr szarzynski worked as global main economic officer of mars petcare before making for jab, in which he could be a partner and serves as chief working officer and main economic officer at pret panera. he could be one of several former mars executives now working at jab.