By  on September 2, 2009

Columbia Sportswear Co. has filed a lawsuit against its former lead footwear designer accusing him of working for competitors, including Crocs Inc., while it employed him.

In a complaint filed Aug. 24 in a Multnomah County circuit court in Portland, Ore., the apparel maker alleges Brian O’Boyle had set up his own design business, 1 Pen Inc., in order to do freelance work for other companies. The arrangement violated an employee confidentiality agreement he signed in 2003, the company alleged.

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