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Willis Re granted TRO against former broker who joined Lockton

Executive poaching

Willis Re Inc. has obtained a temporary restraining order in U.S. District Court in New York enjoining a former broker, David Littell, from soliciting business from his former Willis Re clients on behalf of his new employer, a unit of Lockton Cos. LLC.

An Oct. 17 hearing on the issue was scheduled by the court on Tuesday, according to the filing in Willis Re Inc. v. David Littell and Lockton Re LLC.

The TRO cites only Mr. Littell. However, in response to a letter sent by Mr. Littell’s attorney, a letter sent to the court by Willis Re’s attorney Thursday states “for purposes of clarification” that the TRO applies to “anyone acting in concert” with Mr. Littell.

Mr. Littell’s LinkedIn Account, which reports him as being based in New York, states he joined Lockton Global Re in September and was previously an executive vice president for more than 13 years with Willis re.

Spokeswomen for Willis Re and Lockton had no comment.

Litigation has also been filed against three former Guy Carpenter & Co. LLC executives who left the firm in March to join Lockton Cos. That litigation is ongoing.

Lockton has also accused Alliant Insurance Services Inc. of allegedly poaching more than two dozen staff. 


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