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Court bars former AssuredPartners brokers from soliciting clients


A federal judge in South Carolina barred six former AssuredPartners Inc. brokers who joined Alliant Insurance Services Inc. from soliciting business from 64 active and 22 prospective clients. 

In the May 24 permanent injunction issued in AssuredPartners of South Carolina LLC et al. v. Alliant Insurance Services Inc. et al., the judge said that an agribusiness brokerage leader and five brokers could not disclose their former employer’s confidential information or attempt to solicit the listed clients until October 2025. 

The units of Orlando, Florida-based AssuredPartners sued in federal court in Columbia in September 2023, accusing Richard H. Lonneman Jr., Amanda Peterson, Meghan Schultz, Melissa A. Bugeski, William Harris and Laurence Rushe of violating their nonsolicitation agreements when they left.

The judge issued a temporary restraining order against Alliant and the individuals in November 2023.

The parties and their representatives for the parties did not respond to requests for comment.