Brentwood, Tenn.-based Edgenet Inc. has filed an injunction against the Home Depot. According to documents filed by Edgenet in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the software manufacturer alleges that Atlanta-based Home Depot has misappropriated the company’s Big Hammer software. The software, which helps product suppliers and retailers collect and organize data concerning products and product attributes, wascontracted for use by Home Depot.Edgenet claims that with the help of former employee James Musial, HomeDepot illicitly embarked on creating its own software system, the “HomeDepotLink” system, using Edgenet’s technology. According to Edgenet, the Home Depot further interfered with business by informing Edgenet suppliers in early August that Home Depot would no longer accept product data processed through Big Hammer systems.

Musial, who was a software manager closely involved in the development of the Big Hammer software, left Edgenet’s Atlanta office in 2008 to work for Home Depot.

Included in court documents is Musial’s nondisclosure agreement with Edgenet.

Edgenet asserts that Home Depot has caused tens of millions of dollars in damages as well as irreparable harm to its business and has requested a trial by jury.

Home Depot spokesperson Stephen Holmes made the following statement regarding the case to DWM magazine, “We disagree with the claims presented and intend to vigorously defend our position in the proper forum.”


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