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Restraining Order Sought by Clayton Insurance Company's President

Pierce Powers of Powers Insurance and Benefits has requested the temporary restraining order against an employee who notified the company in July that he intended to quit.

President Pierce Powers of Clayton-based Powers Insurance and Benefits is seeking a temporary restraining order against Maryland Heights resident Melvyn Shaikewitz, a former Olivette mayor, after he notified the company in July that he intended to quit. The action was filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court on Aug. 31.

Powers Insurance and Benefits offered a copy of an employment agreement allegedly signed by Shaikewitz, a vice president at the company, that says Shaikewitz can’t sell insurance to any client account of Powers Insurance and Benefits or use any information acquired during his employment with the company for two years from the date of his termination agreement.

The company also says the case has been settled pending the attorneys for both parties returning from vacation. Powers Insurance and Benefits said the restraining order is needed to protect client accounts until the settlement agreement can be finalized.

Shaikewitz was appointed to Olivette City Council in 1994 and resigned before a controversial 2000 vote in which Olivette residents decided to keep city council members Sam Austin and Joan Markow in office.

The vote also saw Olivette residents reject an 80-acre shopping center proposed for the northwest corner of Olive Boulevard and Interstate 170 that would have involved government-assisted financing.

Olivette residents also rejected a procedure to allow for elections on future proposals for large-scale developments during the 2000 vote.

David Bender of Rosenblum, Goldenhersh, Silverstein & Zafft is representing Powers Insurance and Benefits and did not return a call seeking comment.

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