Court evaluates appropriate injunction where former employee violates TRO related to previous employer's records
William Chinavare left his employment at Actuator Specialties, Inc., to work for a competitor. Just prior to leaving, he apparently accessed trade secret files and copied them in violation of a pending Temporary Restraining Order. Later, one of the customers he solicited mistakenly responded to ASI rather than him. ASI recognized the format of the documents involved and proved to the court's satisfaction that Chinavare was wilfully violating the Court's TRO. In response, the Court issued an injunction that enjoined Chinavare from working for any competitor of ASI for three calendar years. Chinavare appealed, arguing the subsequent injunction order was an abuse of the Court's equitable powers. The Court of Appeals disagreed and upheld the injunction.