Alton Lane settles suit with former employee

Alton Lane moved its headquarters from New York to Richmond in 2015. (BizSense file photo)

Alton Lane moved its headquarters from New York to Richmond in 2015. (BizSense file photo)

A local men’s suit maker is shelving a lawsuit it filed last month against a former worker, who it claimed stole confidential information and tried selling it to competitors.

Alton Lane, a high-end custom men’s clothing brand headquartered in Scott’s Addition, reached a settlement in its case with former employee Danielle Sliva, who worked at the company’s Chicago showroom for six months in 2016.

At a Thursday morning hearing in Richmond Federal Court, Alton Lane’s attorney Andrew Mathews of Williams Mullen told Judge John Gibney the case has been settled.

Mathews would not disclose terms of the settlement or how it happened.

The settlement follows a response filed by Sliva on March 21, in which she denied the allegations and asked the case be dismissed.

In her response, Sliva, who is representing herself and was not present at Thursday’s hearing, denied  that she accessed Alton Lane’s computer systems and worked for a competitor while she was an Alton Lane employee. She said Alton Lane co-founder Peyton Jenkins “has always had a personal vendetta against (her).”

Alton Lane claimed that Sliva concurrently worked for a competing brand, J. Hilburn, while she was employed at Alton Lane. The company claimed 10 counts against Sliva, including misappropriation of trade secrets, unjust enrichment, theft, breach of an employment agreement, and violations of computer crimes and privacy laws. They had sought $75,000 in damages.

At the case’s initial hearing March 14, Judge Gibney issued a 10-day temporary restraining order, preventing Sliva from sharing Alton Lane’s information. Judge Gibney extended the temporary restraining order another 10 days on Thursday.

Mathews said the retailer would request a dismissal order at a third hearing on April 3.

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