Posted on September 03, 2020

Michelin North America Obtains Permanent Injunction Against Former Employee Michael Dotson


GREENVILLE, S.C., Sept. 3, 2020 Michelin North America, Inc., has agreed to settle lawsuits against Carlstar Group, LLC and former Michelin employee Michael Dotson. The Federal Court in Greenville has permanently enjoined Dotson from using or revealing any Michelin trade secret or confidential information and ordered him to return to the company any Michelin information in his possession. Dotson also agreed to pay financial damages to Michelin that were sought in the lawsuit, which accused him of misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of his non-disclosure agreement.

In a separate agreement, Carlstar also agreed to pay damages to Michelin and provided written and enforceable representations and warranties that it had not used, and would never use, Michelin trade secrets or confidential information. Carlstar committed to destroy all Michelin information in its possession and to implement measures to prevent misappropriation in the future.

“Michelin is very serious about protecting its trade secrets, proprietary information and intellectual properties,” said Joanie Martin, chief administrative officer for Michelin North America. “We will continue to pursue aggressive legal action to protect them now and going forward.”

Michelin filed its lawsuits in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina (Michelin North America, Inc. v. Michael Dotson; case no. 6:19-cv-01338; Michelin North America, Inc. v. Michael Dotson et al., case no. 6:20-cv-01132). The lawsuits claimed that Dotson possessed and misappropriated Michelin trade secrets and confidential information after he joined Carlstar. 

No evidence was found that Carlstar was ever willfully or maliciously in the possession of Michelin’s confidential or trade secret information. Furthermore, any information found in Carlstar’s possession was never used by Carlstar in any of its processes or formulas. 






For more information contact:

Stephanie Tarbet

Michelin North America, Inc.




About Michelin North America

Michelin, the leading mobility company, is working with tires, around tires and beyond tires to enable Motion for Life. Dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility and sustainability, Michelin designs and distributes the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its customers’ needs. Michelin provides digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences. Bringing its expertise to new markets, the company is investing in high-technology materials, 3D printing and hydrogen, to serve a wide variety of industries — from aerospace to biotech. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Michelin North America has approximately 22,500 employees and operates 34 production facilities in the United States and Canada. (michelinman.com