April 16, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 1:55 pm

Fla. company sues Avon's Evolution1

Avon healthcare IT company Evolution1 Inc. is being sued by a Florida company claiming misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, unfair competition and other illegal activities, Mass High Tech reports.

According to Consumer Health Technologies-P&W Software Inc., based in Fort Lauderdale, the lawsuit specifically names Fred "Bud" Bockoven, a former employee of CHT who now works for Evolution1, Mass High Tech reported Monday on its Web site.

Bockoven was hired in February 2011 as vice president of sales based out of the company's Los Angeles office, according to a Evolution1.

"We welcome fair and open competition because it drives constant improvement of solutions and delivers greater value to customers. However, there are laws to prevent unfair practices, and clearly we have no choice but to defend our business and our reputation from the actions taken by the parties named in our legal claim," said CHT CEO and Founder Pradeep Goel in a statement.

The law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP filed the legal complaint on behalf of CHT-P&W Software Inc.

Consumer Health Technologies provides content management systems to healthcare payors, third-party administrators, commercial insurance carriers, and state and federal Medicaid payors.

Evolution1 provides electronic payment, on-premise and cloud computing healthcare services for reimbursement accounts, including health savings accounts, flexible spending acounts and similar programs.

A spokeswoman for Evolution1 said the company had not seen the complaint as of Monday morning.

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