Universal Health Services, King of Prussia, Pa., has won a $6.89 million jury verdict against five former employees and the company they now work for, Acadia Healthcare, Franklin, Tenn.
Publicly traded UHS filed suit in October 2011, charging the defendants with violating noncompete agreements and misappropriating confidential information.
The five executives named in the suit formerly worked for Horizon Health Corp., a subsidiary of Psychiatric Solutions, which UHS acquired in 2010 for $3.1 billion.
Acadia is also the latest venture for Joey Jacobs, Psychiatric Solutions' former CEO. The suit alleged that the employees set up an Acadia subsidiary—Psychiatric Research Partners—that essentially mirrors what Horizon does, after diverting Horizon sales leads that they later pursued for Acadia.