DETROIT - Martin Leach is free to search for work with an automaker.
U.S. District Judge Paul Borman sided with Leach in a court battle between the former head of Ford of Europe and his former employer.
In a ruling issued Jan. 16, Borman issued a preliminary injunction barring Ford Motor Co. from enforcing a noncompete clause in Leach's employment contract.
"I am very pleased that this judgment will now allow me the option of working in the industry I love and have worked in all my professional life," Leach said in a prepared statement. "After giving 28 years of dedicated service to Ford Motor Co., I am very sad that it ended this way."
A Ford spokesman said without elaborating that the automaker is reviewing the decision. Leach declined requests for an interview last week.