You see, Matt Miszewski is not just your average ex-employee. He served as Microsoft's General Manager >"/>
He gots their secrets and they wants them back.
What it meant was that Miszewski had access to lots and lots of files on lots and lots of things. And before he resigned in December, Microsoft says he downloaded about 25,000 pages of business files and 250mb worth of sensitive data.
Then, two weeks later, Salesforce.com (a San Francisco-based cloud computing company) announced that it had hired him as their Senior Vice President.
As the P-I reports, Microsoft said it has a "well-grounded fear" that he's going to share the little secrets with Salesforce.com, and that they too will be able to develop a business with world-class lawyers and mediocre computer products.
Thus, Microsoft is suing him on the grounds that he's breaking his noncompete agreement, which he signed when he quit Microsoft (before they knew he was going to be a jerkface and get a new job) and which forces him not to work for any of Microsoft's competitors for a full year.
In a statement yesterday, Microsoft said:
"This case involves an employee with knowledge of Microsoft's sensitive customer and competitive information going to work for Salesforce.com, a direct competitor, in a job that is focused on the same solutions and customers. This directly violates the confidentiality and non-competition agreements signed upon beginning work with our company. Microsoft takes this matter seriously and this is a first step in our intention to pursue it vigorously."
A judge has agreed once already, and on Jan. 26 a temporary restraining order was issued barring Miszewski from immediately starting work at the new company.
Now Microsoft wants to give the order more teeth with a preliminary injunction that would ensure Miszewski doesn't clock in for a single hour at Salesforce.com until his non-compete contract runs out.
Miszewski, who was once called the "International Man of Mystery" and used to work in the then-somewhat-revolutionary position of Wisconsin's Chief Information Officer, appears to be staying positive while he endures the slobbery maulings of Steve Ballmer's legal wolves.
He's been doing things like rooting for the Packers ("Good thing I got my hair cut today. Pulling what's left out. Let's win pack.") and hanging out at Subway ("I'm at Subway").
He's Matt Miszewski, bitches.