A former senior vice president at Comcast asked a Pennsylvania federal judge Friday to hold off on entering default judgment against him in the cable giant’s suit accusing him of violating a noncompete agreement for taking a job with Sprint Corp., saying that the parties are finalizing a settlement.

Comcast hired Robert Roy in July 2015 as senior vice president for digital revenue in its cable division. He started working for the company in September, overseeing its digital e-commerce sites. But on May 13, Roy gave notice that he would be leaving on June 4 to take a job at Sprint. Comcast says he would be taking an identical role as senior vice president for digital media.

According to the complaint, when Comcast told Roy that the new position would violate the noncompete provisions of his employment agreement, he agreed to hold off on starting the new job while the parties discussed the issue.

Then Roy told Comcast that he would be starting at Sprint on June 29, the lawsuit says.

Comcast says it also simultaneously filed a demand for arbitration with alternative dispute.

Comcast is represented by Stephen Kastenberg, Kelly Kindig and Carolyn Ann Pellegrini of Ballard Spahr LLP.


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