It has been reported that Nike have decided to issue a lawsuit against three of their former designers, suing the men for $10m after the left the company and moved to Adidas. Nike claim that Mark Miner, Marc Dolce and Denis Dekovic took inside secrets to Adidas with them, such as product concepts and marketing plans, which will hugely benefit Adidas in their competition with Nike.
Mark Miner, Marc Dolce and Denis Dekovic were senior figures at Nike and left earlier in 2014, as they wanted to start u their own design company but, in September this year, the three men announced that they would be joining Adidas in 2014, after their non-competition agreement with Nike had ended, much to the disapproval of Nike.
It is claimed that the three designers "conspired to and developed for themselves, and then for Adidas, a strategic blueprint for a creative design studio to compete against Nike, began consulting with Adidas (and) misappropriated Nike trade secrets for use in their new business venture and attempted to destroy evidence of their scheme."
Meanwhile, Nike have claimed that the plot came to light back in April 2014, with the three designers using "a campaign to promote their independent design studio venture," by purchasing fake social media followers, in a bid to create "false perception of buzz and popularity surrounding their design careers."
However, the three men in question insist that they have done absolutely nothing wrong and say that they feel very hurt by the accusations that Nike have made against them. They claim that they stayed loyal and committed to Nike right up until the very end, insisting that they would never dream of doing anything to harm them, out of respect for the company.