* RIM sues Motorola for blocking job hires
* RIM alleges Motorola practices "unfair competition"
* Suit filed three months after Motorola sued RIM
(Adds details from lawsuit, BOSTON dateline)
BOSTON, Dec 24 Research In Motion Ltd RIM.TO
is suing Motorola Inc MOT.N, alleging that the mobile phone
company improperly blocked the BlackBerry maker from hiring
current and laid-off Motorola employees.
The suit, filed in state court in Chicago on Tuesday, comes
three months after Motorola alleged that RIM violated an
agreement reached in February that the two companies would not
solicit each other's employees.
RIM asked for a court order to invalidate the agreement,
saying in its complaint that the pact had expired in August and
was no longer enforceable.
The Canadian company is also seeking unspecified damages for
what it called "unfair competition" practices by Motorola.
Motorola spokeswoman Jennifer Weyrauch-Erickson declined to
comment on the lawsuit.
"RIM entities continue to grow and hire new employees within
the United States and globally against a backdrop of recent
public announcements by Motorola that it has and will continue
to make massive layoffs," said RIM's lawsuit.
In the lawsuit filed by Motorola on Sept. 4, the Schaumburg,
Illinois-based company asked a judge to bar RIM from using
Motorola's confidential information, or soliciting or hiring any
RIM officials could not be reached for comment.
The lawsuit, Research in Motion Corp vs Motorola Inc, was
filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Chancery
Division, Case Number 717-200S.
(Reporting by Jim Finkle in Boston and Ajay Kamalakaran in
Bangalore; Editing by Sharon Lindores and Matthew Lewis)