WILMINGTON, Del (Reuters) – Walmart Inc (WMT.N) has requested a courtroom to dam a former prime tax govt from becoming a member of Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), saying the transfer would violate a non-compete settlement and “irreparably hurt” Walmart’s enterprise by probably tipping off its rival to strategic plans together with potential merger targets.

FILE PHOTO: The primary entrance to a Walmart retailer is pictured in Sao Paulo, Brazil February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Picture

Lisa Wadlin instructed Walmart in January she was contemplating resigning as senior vp, chief tax officer, however the firm didn’t study she was becoming a member of Amazon till separation papers had been signed on Might 15, in line with the lawsuit.

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, mentioned Wadlin’s data of its strategic plans “can be of immense profit to Amazon,” in line with the lawsuit, which was filed late Wednesday in Delaware’s Court docket of Chancery.

Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove mentioned many senior executives at Walmart conform to forego working for rivals with income in extra of $7 billion for 2 years after leaving the corporate.

“We imagine Ms Wadlin’s acceptance of a job with Amazon will violate her non-compete clause,” Hargrove mentioned.

    Wadlin and Amazon didn’t instantly reply to requests searching for remark.

    Walmart has been plowing cash to into its on-line enterprise to attempt to hold tempo with Amazon, which has muscled its manner into the brick-and-mortar grocery enterprise with its acquisition of Entire Meals.

    Wadlin was employed by Seattle-based Amazon as a vp of tax and tax coverage, in line with the lawsuit.

    She brings together with her personal data together with perception into Walmart’s potential merger targets, in line with the lawsuit. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based firm mentioned Amazon might use that data to thwart Walmart’s offers, or pressure it to pay extra.

    Walmart is searching for a courtroom order to implement a non-compete settlement that the corporate mentioned barred her from working for a competitor for 2 years after she departs Walmart, in line with the lawsuit. It additionally needs the courtroom to bar her from utilizing or sharing confidential firm data.

    Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware; further reporting by Nandita Bose in New York and Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco; Modifying by David Gregorio