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Broker, load board embroiled in legal battle

Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022:

In January of this year, longtime load board operator DAT filed a lawsuit against digital brokerage Convoy, alleging that Convoy used mutually-agreed-to limited access to DAT’s load board to develop its Convoy for Brokers platform that launched in November 2021.

According to the lawsuit, Convoy used its access to DAT “to misappropriate data and trade secrets belonging to DAT” and to “create its own competing load board by using DAT’s data and trade secrets.”

DAT said in a comment to Overdrive Tuesday that it filed a lawsuit against "former customer and partner Convoy for misuse of DAT trade secrets and breach of a non-compete clause" in its contract.

"We are committed to creating the most trusted load board environment in the industry, and therefore will take action in response to any breach of our terms and conditions," the company said. 

When reached for comment Tuesday, Convoy declined to comment on pending litigation.

DAT alleges that the contract between the companies limited Convoy’s use of DAT to brokerage services and contained a provision prohibited Convoy from creating a competing load board.

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