Chutes & Ladders: T-Mobile wins TRO against ex-COO

In yet another attempt by a company to restrain its former executives from working for the competition, T-Mobile got a temporary restraining order against ex-COO Sue Swenson, whom Amp'd Mobile recently hired as COO. Amp'd claims it does not compete with T-Mobile. The restraining order prevents Swenson from working at Amp'd until November 14, at which time an additional hearing will take place. Swenson took her new post as Amp'd's COO and on its board in October. Swenson joined T-Mobile in February 2004.

Amp'd said the suit will not effect the MVNO's expected launch by year-end, but the company did take a dig at T-Mobile by claiming that the suit shows how little legacy carriers understand about high-speed, content-rich MVNOs like Amp'd. Swenson served as CEO at Cellular One and then as CEO at Leap Wireless for five years before joining T-Mobile USA as COO.

For more on the latest ex-COO snafu:
- read this article from Mobile Mag