Lenovo says it is confident that its relationship with former Acer chief executive Gianfranco Lanci will stand legal scrutiny.

The world’s No. 2 PC maker issued a statement Tuesday saying that the firm’s “relationship with Mr. Lanci meets all legal requirements,” according to The Financial Times.

Acer, the world’s No. 4 PC maker, said earlier Tuesday that it had sued Lanci, contending that he violated a non-compete agreement.

Lanci recently was hired by Lenovo, the No. 2 PC maker, to spearhead its growth efforts in Europe. He joined Lenovo a few months earlier as a consultant.

The U.K.-based tech website Register reported the suit, citing a filing that Acer made with the Taiwan Stock Exchange. The suit was filed on Tuesday in Italy, where Lanci lives.

“We believe Mr. Lanci has clearly breached the terms of the non-compete agreement he entered into willingly,” Acer said in a statement, according to Reuters. “This is about Acer defending a binding legal agreement with its former employee.”

The non-compete agreement was for one year, Reuters said. Lanci left Acer in March of last year.

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Lenovo operates its executive headquarters in Morrisville.

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