Consulting has sued Marsh
Inc. and its subsidiary, Marsh
& McLennan Agency, for allegedly gaining unauthorised access to Aon
The lawsuit charges Marsh
& McLennan with misappropriation of trade secrets and deceptive trade practices. Aon
alleges that Marsh
& McLennan obtained Aon
survey data and used it in its own business.
offers compensation data surveys to its customers, according to the lawsuit. Access to the data – which comes from about 3,000 different organisations – is restricted. In order to gain access, participating organisations agree to conditions on how the survey reports can be used. Access is gained through a secure website, using Aon
-provided login credentials.
& McLennan Agency, meanwhile, offer compensation consulting services through their San Diego-based business unit, Barney & Barney Insurance Services. Aon
claims that the Marsh
companies gained access to its restricted data by using a participating organisation’s login credentials, then used the information in its own compensation consulting services.
claimed in the lawsuit that it “has suffered irreparable injury” as a result of the Marsh
companies’ actions. Aon
is seeking damages, attorneys’ fees and court costs, and a permanent injunction.
also recently sued competitor Willis
Towers Watson over the hiring of an executive. Willis
hired former PricewaterhouseCoopers consultant Michael J. Burwell as its chief financial officer. The same day Burwell started with Willis
sued, alleging that Burwell had worked with Aon
as a consultant and knew the company’s trade secrets. Taking the job with Willis
claimed, was a violation of Burwell’s fiduciary duty. Willis
said Wednesday that the companies had resolved that dispute, although terms were confidential.
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