Gallagher and Alliant agree to resolve latest dispute over alleged poaching

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Brokers Arthur J. Gallagher and Alliant Insurance Services have jointly filed a petition to tell a judge they have agreed to a settlement to end a brief but controversial dispute over allegations of employee poaching.

According to a status report filed with the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois, Gallagher and Alliant “reached an agreement in principle” on Sept. 8 to settle a late July lawsuit Gallagher filed against Alliant, alleging that Alliant ” was involved in a corporate raid on Gallagher’s Chicago office.”

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The charges were filed after eight women gave Gallagher their abrupt resignations for several days in July, effective immediately, in a move Gallagher said was orchestrated by Alliant to steal customers. Alliant fired back at his rival broker, accusing Gallagher of “rampant sexism, discrimination and unfair treatment of women”. Alliant’s lawsuit included statements from his new female associates, outlining Gallagher’s alleged sexism, discrimination and lack of housing.

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Gallagher denied the allegations, saying in a subsequent filing that Alliant deviated from its alleged “plan to steal employees and customers,” as it has done against Gallagher and other brokers in the past, Gallagher said. However, Gallagher’s request for a restraining order against Alliant was denied.

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Gallagher said Alliant is facing more than 40 lawsuits in dozens of jurisdictions including Aon, Lockton, Willis and NFP. In September 2020, Gallagher sued Alliant for poaching and has filed similar lawsuits, all pending, in California, Florida, Massachusetts and Texas, according to court records.

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In the joint filing on Sept. 14, Gallagher and Alliant said they will suspend the discovery, requesting the court to file a status report within 30 days if the brokers do not fully resolve the lawsuit.

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The case is Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. v. Alliant Insurance Services, Inc., 1:22-cv-03931, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

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