Amazon sues former employee after he leaves for Google


Amazon said Szabadi, who left the company in May after nearly six years, can’t solicit business from any of his former customers for 18 months after his departure. He joined Google as a lead for the reseller ecosystem team in May.

In response, Szabadi’s lawyer told Amazon that Szabadi has also signed an agreement with Google, vowing not to do business with any AWS clients that he remembers having “material direct contact” with, or that he knows “confidential information” about, according to the court document. The agreement is in effect for six months.

Google is not backing down and is planning a strong defense for the suit. said a person familiar with the company’s strategy.

Will be interesting to see how this works out. Non-compete clauses are controversial and not all states allow them. California, for example, invalidates non-competes for non-stakeholders, meaning they are not allowed for regular employees. And states that allow them hold them to a high standard, only allowing them if the terms are reasonable.