A senior executive in the travel industry resigned his position and then several weeks later turned up at a competitor in the same position he had held with the previous company. The original company sued the ex-employee and his new company. In a deposition, the ex-employee stated at the time of his departure from his original company he did not know he was going to work at the new company and he had nothing to do with two other employees of the old company leaving and going to work with the new company.
A computer forensic examination was made of the computer he had been issued by the original company. The examination discovered an Internet based e-mail from the ex-employee to his new employer, sent prior to his departure from the original company, in which he stated the date he would start work and naming the two other ex-employees as the first two employees he would try to encourage to come to the new company. This information forced a settlement in the litigation.