Data#3 is considering launching a counter-claim against DXC Connect after its rival wrangled in a handful of its former staff into a legal battle in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
DXC kicked off court proceedings in August against some of its former senior executives, including former general manager Rob McCabe, after the group left DXC to join Data#3.
According to court documents, McCabe met with Data#3 shortly after handing in his resignation. DXC alleged that McCabe planned to transfer staff from DXC to Data#3 and accused him of bringing sensitive company information to a competitor in breach of his fiduciary duty.
DXC attempted to restrict McCabe from working for Data#3 until March 2018, but was unsuccessful.
Data#3 addressed the case publicly for the first time during its annual general meeting on Thursday, saying the claims lacked merit and would be strenuously defended.
The Brisbane IT giant said that its staff were regularly targeted by competitors, vendors and customers, and that it was "very conscious of the balance that must exist between expense levels and attracting and retaining key people".
Data#3 also revealed during the AGM that it secured three new managed services contracts, including one with copper and gold producer PanAust, an unnamed national real estate company and a blue chip multinational manufacturing and distribution firm.
The court case between DXC and Data#3 staff is ongoing.