Jawbone files lawsuit against rival Fitbit

UP by Jawbone (L) and Fitbit (R).
Source: Jawbone (L) | Fitbit (R)
UP by Jawbone (L) and Fitbit (R).

In a clash of rival makers of fitness trackers, Jawbone is suing Fitbit and a group of employees who quit Jawbone to work for Fitbit, saying they stole trade secrets, business plans, market research, and other information.

Jawbone's lawsuit names Fitbit Inc. and five former Jawbone employees, and says it believes 10 other employees were also involved. The lawsuit says Fitbit recruiters contacted about 30 percent of Jawbone's employees in early 2015, and the employees who accepted Fitbit's offer took information about Jawbone's plans, products, technology and market research.

It says the employees violated agreements with Jawbone and hid their activities from the company.

Fitbit filed for an IPO worth up to $100 million this month. It did not immediately respond to a request for comment.