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Court of Appeal affirms preliminary injunction in favor of GMSR client barring former insurance agent’s continued use of confidential policyholder information

Farmers Insurance Exchange et al. v. St. Fleur (2011) 2011 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 9331 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Two) [unpublished]. The Court of Appeal affirmed with directions a preliminary injunction in favor of GMSR’s client Farmers against its former insurance sales agent, Kettelie St. Fleur. After Farmers terminated St. Fleur, her counsel threatened to help her switch 1200 policyholders to other carriers in a manner that would be untraceable. As a result, Farmers sought and obtained an injunction that prevented St. Fleur from using confidential information that she gained while she was an agent, communicating with any policyholder she had formerly serviced, and soliciting or servicing policyholders in her district for one-year following her termination. The Court affirmed the preliminary injunction but remanded with directions to insert the words “regarding the business of insurance,” in order to clarify the type of communications prohibited by the injunction.