This month’s Dentistry and the Law column discusses actions to take with a former employee who solicits patients. In cases where former employees solicit patients using stolen patient information, dental practices can take legal action. Employment agreements and employee handbooks should include confidentiality clauses. Breach of these clauses allows for lawsuits, seeking damages for business loss. Additional claims like tortious interference, unfair competition, and misappropriation may also apply. Michigan's Uniform Trade Secrets Act can provide injunctive relief and damages if the patient information is deemed a "trade secret." Seeking legal advice from an experienced attorney is essential.
Schulte, Daniel JD
"Dentistry and the Law: Ex-Employees Who Solicit Patients Using Stolen Information,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 104:
11, Article 4.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol104/iss11/4
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