First American Title Company of Napa is suing at least three of its former employees, alleging that they resigned at the same time and took confidential information with them to competitor Placer Title Company, according to the lawsuit filed in Napa County Superior Court on Tuesday.
The suit alleges that Larry Frattini, former senior escrow officer, president and longtime member of the company’s corporate board, and Mitchell Glotzer, former chief administrative officer, vice president and member of the board of directors, both knew that Placer Title Company would be opening a branch in Napa while they were still employed with and/or active in the board between Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 3, 2018.
Neither Frattini nor Glotzer informed First American Title that the competitor was planning to open in Napa, the suit says. On top of that, the suit alleges, both men secured positions with the competitor and assisted in recruiting other First American Title employees to also work with Placer.
Frattini then approached Leilani Sue Burguin, former marketing director at First American, and solicited her for the company’s existing list of high-end brokers whose clients did business with the company, according to the suit. Burguin provided this list, alleges the suit.
First American believes that Frattini intended to use the information in preparation for his new position at Placer and that Burguin was aware of his intention.