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ND Trade Office, director sued by MN company

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- A Minnesota manufacturer is suing the head of the North Dakota Trade Office for allegedly breaking agreements he made while with the company.

The complaint filed by Mattracks alleges that Dean Gorder violated confidentiality and noncompetition agreements he signed at the time of his hiring that barred him from using contacts or information he gleaned as an employee to benefit another company.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that the lawsuit was filed against Gorder and the North Dakota Trade Office. The plaintiffs say in a statement that the lawsuit lacks merit.

Mattracks is seeking more than $50,000 and an end to the alleged violation of the agreements.

Mattracks makes rubber tracks for vehicles and markets them internationally. The Fargo-based Trade Office promotes international business opportunities for North Dakota companies.

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