Case Law Reviews, Chemicals
Tangibly Case Law Review # 1

ALLIANTGROUP, LP v. Mols, 2017

2017 , United States District Court, S.D. Texas, Houston Division

Judge Sim Lake


In this 2017 case, ALLIANTGROUP, LP initiated legal action against former employee Brad Mols, alleging breach of contract, misappropriation, and wrongful use of trade secrets, and sought temporary and permanent injunctions. The case arose from Mols’ resignation and subsequent actions that directly competed with ALLIANTGROUP, including solicitation of clients and misuse of confidential information. The court found the forum selection clause within the Employment Agreement enforceable, thus establishing personal jurisdiction in Texas. It largely denied Mols' motion to dismiss, except for the claim of tortious interference. This case did not specify if it was a DTSA claim but highlighted the importance of trade secret protection in employment contexts.


The court largely denied Mols' motion to dismiss, except for the claim of tortious interference which was granted dismissal.

Legal Significance

This case underscores the enforceability of forum selection clauses in employment contracts and highlights the legal boundaries of noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements.

Financial Judgement

Not given

Key Takeaways

Key takeaways include the affirmation of personal jurisdiction based on contractual forum selection, the importance of clear contractual language regarding jurisdiction and venue, and the distinction between claims sufficiently intertwined with contractual obligations and those outside the scope of such agreements.