Dr. Franklin Cockerill, Chief Laboratory Officer of Quest Diagnostics, responded to the lawsuit filed against him by the Mayo Clinic and claimed he felt intimidated by CEO Dr. John Noseworthy and feared Mayo would retaliate against him and his family.
Readers will recall Dr. Cockerill, who was chairman of the Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and chief of Mayo Medical Laboratories (MML) until September 30, 2014, left Mayo to work for Quest. Soon after, Mayo sued Dr. Cockerill and alleged, among other things, he misappropriated and shared Mayo’s trade secrets with Quest. Please see this post for more details on the lawsuit.
Mayo requested, and was granted, a temporary restraining order that prevented Dr. Cockerill from starting his new position with Quest. In response, Dr. Cockerill filed a motion with the court that requested he be allowed to begin his new job, and an affidavit that presented his version of the events that transpired during his last few months at Mayo.
For reasons that are not yet clear, Dr. Cockerill withdrew both the motion and the affidavit the day after they were filed. This all transpired more than a week ago, but I have not written about it until now because I was trying to get a copy of the court filings so I could have a better understanding of Dr. Cockerill’s perspective.
The Rochester Post-Bulletin has a copy of the affidavit, and I asked the reporter who wrote about it for a copy, but he never responded. So unfortunately, all I have to go on is what is in his article.
The affidavit reportedly called the restraining order “draconian” and inappropriate, and argued the restrictions placed on Dr. Cockerill are against Minnesota law.
Dr. Cockerill claimed Mayo approached him about taking early retirement, but a Mayo spokesperson told the Post-Tribune that claim is “completely false”.