Judge dismisses Panera lawsuit

A judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought by Panera Bread Co. against its former CEO, Ron Shaich, over the hiring of top information technology talent.

U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey said the dispute over non-compete agreements regarding three former Panera employees should be decided in Delaware, which is where Shaich, a Brookline resident, filed a lawsuit last month through his new investment firm Act III Management. Panera filed its own lawsuit against the three St. Louis-area employees…

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