When "exes" get back together, sometimes things work out. But other times -- well, not so much.
This month Ford Motor Co. sued a longtime executive, Marty Collins, who left the company in 2006 after 21 years, returned this year to take a bigger job, then quit Nov. 1 to go to a competitor.
Ford is seeking an injunction to block Collins from taking a job with either Gulf States Toyota, which distributes Toyota vehicles to dealers across five Southeastern states, or its parent company, Friedkin Group, both in Houston.
Ford says in its lawsuit that Collins possesses confidential company information from his five-month stint as general sales manager for the Ford and Lincoln brands. It says Collins would violate a noncompete agreement if he goes to Gulf States.
According to filings, Collins is to start his new job as president of Gulf States Toyota on Monday, Nov. 28.
William Bux, a lawyer for Gulf States Toyota, told Ford's lawyers that Collins will be employed by Friedkin Group as a vice president. Bux wrote that Collins "will not be engaged in business activities competitive with Ford and will not be interacting with Gulf States Toyota, at least until the non-compete issue is resolved to its satisfaction."
A spokeswoman for Gulf States said the privately held company would have no further comment.