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Amazon settles non-compete lawsuit involving AWS sales exec who joined Google Cloud

Philip Moyer. (LinkedIn Photo)
Amazon settled a lawsuit involving a former Amazon Web Services gross sales govt who joined rival Google Cloud final 12 months.
Amazon sued Philip Moyer in July after he left the corporate to affix Google. In its lawsuit, the tech large argued Moyer’s transfer to Google would “threaten the disclosure of Amazon’s extremely confidential data,” in an alleged breach of his non-compete settlement.
Moyer’s new function as vice chairman of gross sales for healthcare and life sciences for Google Cloud didn’t violate the non-compete settlement with Amazon as a result of he works with a very completely different buyer base, his authorized workforce argued.
This previous October, a federal decide positioned main limitations on his Moyer’s function whereas additionally criticizing Amazon’s non-compete insurance policies. Moyer was not allowed to work on any monetary companies initiatives, his space of experience at AWS, for Google Cloud. He was additionally barred from contacting any AWS prospects and any potential monetary companies prospects. The situations had been to remain in place till the lawsuit was absolutely resolved, or till his non-compete expired in November 2020.
U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Martinez dismissed the case on March 2, with out an award of charges or prices to any get together.
The events aren’t required to reveal particulars of a settlement settlement. Amazon declined to touch upon the choice.
Non-competes are a lightning rod within the tech trade, with critics claiming they stifle innovation and provides an unfair benefit to massive firms. Last 12 months, Washington state enacted laws that makes it harder to implement non-compete agreements.
The legislation requires staff to earn greater than $100,000 per 12 months for a non-compete to use and the settlement can’t prolong longer than 18 months. Amazon lobbied to have the wage threshold lowered.
Washington state legislation permits the court docket to “reform” a non-compete settlement to a extra restricted scope. That’s what occurred within the case involving Moyer.
Amazon employed Moyer in 2017. He labored at Microsoft for 15 years and served as chief govt for software-as-a-service corporations Edgar Online and Cassiopae. Moyer grew dissatisfied with a scarcity of progress potential at Amazon, in response to court docket paperwork, and two years later joined Google Cloud.
Amazon’s pioneering cloud enterprise gave the corporate an early lead in an rising and profitable trade however competitors is heating up with Microsoft and Google, significantly with regards to expertise. Google upped the ante final 12 months when it opened an enormous new campus for its cloud division proper subsequent door to Amazon’s Seattle HQ.

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