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Optum sues former executive for working for competitor company run by Atul Gawande

January 25, 2019 / Susan Morse

Optum has sued former executive David William Smith for going to work for Amazon, Berkshire-Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase, breaking his non-compete agreement. Optum has filed for a temporary restraining order to prevent Smith from working for the company it calls "ABC." Smith, former vice president of Product/Corporate Strategy, has opposed the request for a TRO in a motion filed Tuesday in Massachusetts District Court. The lawsuit shows the threat that the ABC company poses for the healthcare industry. Optum's parent company, UnitedHealth Group, also controls the nation's largest health insurance company, UnitedHealthcare.