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The war of words between broker Arthur J. Gallagher and Alliant Insurance Services continues to escalate.

Gallagher has accused Alliant of engaging in “a corporate raid of Gallagher’s Chicago office.” According to the lawsuit filed on July 28 in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois, Gallagher says eight employees abruptly resigned without notice in July and went to Alliant. The broker says the resignations were “orchestrated by Alliant as part of a scheme to steal Gallagher’s clients before Gallagher could take contractually protected steps to protect its business interests, including its client relationships and confidential information.”

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