Microlog brings lawsuit against 2 ex-employees

April 06, 1995|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer

A Germantown company filed suit yesterday against two former employees, alleging that they used proprietary information to try to sell automated telephone services for a competitor.

Microlog Corp. alleges that John B. Mroz of Crofton and Brian D. Brown of Reston, Va., used inside information to market a system identical to the company's Automated Prescription Refill System (APRS) to national drug store chains after they left the company in November 1994.

The suit, filed in Anne Arundel Circuit Court, contends Microlog went to great lengths to ensure that the workings of its APRS system were kept under wraps during development.

Management employees, including both defendants, were required to sign statements pledging confidentiality and drugstore managers signed "nondisclosure agreements" before they were briefed on it, according to the suit.

But the suit alleges that Mr. Mroz, Microlog's commercial sales manager, and Mr. Brown, a major accounts salesman, used details picked up as employees to market an identical product after they quit to work for Unified Technologies Inc., a corporation formed Oct. 27, 1994, in Utah.

The Microlog suit seeks unspecific damages on separate counts of fraud, conspiracy, unlawful disclosure of trade secrets, breach of contract and unfair competition.

Mr. Brown could not be reached yesterday, and Mr. Mroz denied the allegations.

"I don't know where they came up with this," he said.

Microlog is a publicly held company formed in 1969 that manufactures and markets voice processing systems, such as voice mail and interactive telephone systems.

The suit alleges that Mr. Brown and Mr. Mroz left Microlog abruptly after being questioned about their contacts with customers.

Mr. Mroz was fired Nov. 11 after trying to give two weeks' notice in a handwritten resignation letter. Mr. Brown resigned in a voice mail message two weeks later, taking a lap-top computer he owned filled "with valuable sales leads," the suit says.

The suit alleges that the defendants charged to Microlog numerous personal phone calls, business trips and inflated expense accounts.

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