MEMORANDUM DECISION AND ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION
TED STEWART, District Judge.
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff's Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction, filed October 9, 2008.
The Tenth Circuit has stated that "[a] preliminary injunction is an extraordinary remedy, and thus the right to relief must be clear and unequivocal."
A. SUBSTANTIAL LIKELIHOOD OF SUCCESS ON THE MERITS
The Court finds that Plaintiff has established that there is a substantial likelihood of success on the merits. Plaintiff argues that the Policies and Procedures manual and the confidentiality and nondisclosure agreement, both of which Defendants signed, establish Plaintiff's team lists as proprietary trade secrets. Plaintiff also argues that Defendants' e-mail subscription list, to the extent it duplicates information contained in Plaintiff's team lists, is also a proprietary trade secret, because Plaintiff promoted Defendants' website, and Defendants were working for Plaintiff while collecting e-mail addresses. Defendants dispute Plaintiff's contentions, but the Court finds that, for the purposes of a preliminary injunction, Plaintiff has met its burden.
B. IRREPARABLE HARM TO THE MOVANT
Plaintiff's President, Craig Bradley, testified at the October 24, 2008, hearing that the occasion of Defendants leaving Plaintiff and sending e-mails to distributors and customers has caused tremendous confusion to Plaintiff's business. Mr. Bradley also testified that somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 distributors have left Plaintiff due to Defendants' actions. Testimony at the hearing also established that having a strong list of distributors is essential to the success of any network marketing business. The Court finds that the threat of continued loss of distributors represents irreparable harm to the Plaintiff.
C. HARM TO THE DEFENDANTS
The importance of distributor lists to the network marketing industry was well-established at the October 24, 2008, hearing. Thus, it is clear that a preliminary injunction will cause harm to the Defendants. However, Defendant Randy Schroeder offered uncontradicted testimony that he was able to bring thousands of individuals to Plaintiffs within the first few months of moving to Plaintiff in January, 2005. The Court finds that the limited nature of the preliminary injunction, covering less than two thousand names, will not cause greater harm to Defendants than the harm to be prevented by issuance of the preliminary injunction.
D. PUBLIC INTEREST
The Court finds that a preliminary injunction will not adversely affect the public interest, because the Court believes that protecting confidential information of the sort in question here is in the public interest.
It is therefore
ORDERED that Plaintiff's Motion for a Preliminary Injunction (Docket No. 11) is GRANTED. The Injunction is as follows:
1. Defendants, including their officers, agents, servants, employees, and attorneys, and persons in active concert with them, who receive actual notice, shall not send any e-mail communications to any individual whose e-mail address appears in either Defendants' Exhibit A or Plaintiff's Exhibit 5 (collectively, and as admitted during the October 24, 2008 Hearing, the "Exhibits"), with the following exceptions:
Defendants will prepare a list of individuals who fall within the categories established by (b) and (c), above. The list established by (c) shall be approved by Plaintiff.
2. Defendants, including their officers, agents, servants, employees, and attorneys, and persons in active concert with them, who receive actual notice, shall not maintain or operate any website that contains the word "agel" in the domain name or website address.
3. Defendants, including their officers, agents, servants, employees, and attorneys, and persons in active concert with them, who receive actual notice, shall not use the word "agel" as a key word or ad word on any internet search engine, including, but not limited to, those operated by Google or Yahoo.
4. Plaintiff shall post a bond in the amount of $40,000.00. This Preliminary Injunction shall become effective immediately upon posting the bond.