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Groupon alleges ex-VP is recruiting Groupon employees to work at Celonis, breaching contract


By Marian Johns | Nov 22, 2019

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CHICAGO — A former Groupon vice president and his current employer are facing a lawsuit seeking to stop the ex-VP from soliciting Groupon employees to join him at his new employer, actions Groupon alleges are in breach of an agreement with Groupon.

Groupon Inc. filed a complaint  Nov. 12 in Cook County Circuit Court against Guido Torrini and Celonis Inc., alleging breach of contract.

Groupon, Torrini and his then-employer Gympass entered into a settlement agreement over his alleged breach of contract, according to the suit. Groupon alleges that Torrini continues to solicit Groupon employees to work for his present employer, Celonis. They also claim Celonis is aware of Torrini's CIPRA with Groupon, but still hired at least one Groupon employee that Torrini solicited. 

Torrini currently serves as Celonis' chief financial officer.

Groupon seeks monetary and all other just relief. They are represented by Kevin Cloutier, Shawn Fabian and Mikela Sutrina of The Shepphard Mullin Richter & Hampton Law Firm LLP in Chicago. 

Circuit Court of Cook County case number 2019CH13078

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