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Federal Jury Gives Maslon Client Complete Victory in Trade Secret Misappropriation Case

April 17, 2007

A team of Maslon lawyers led at trial by partners Bill Pentelovitch and Mary Vasaly recently completed a federal jury trial which resulted in complete vindication of their client, the defendant in the action. The twelve person jury found that Maslon's client had neither misappropriated trade secrets nor breached its contract to maintain the confidentiality of information. The jury completely rejected the plaintiff's claim for $110 million, which under the applicable trade secret statute could have been doubled to $220 million plus attorneys' fees.

During the three week trial the jury heard testimony from more than a dozen fact witnesses as well as from five expert witnesses. Following two days of deliberation, the jury found that the defendant had neither breached the contract nor misappropriated any trade secrets.

This is the third case tried to completion in less than two years in which a team of Maslon trial lawyers led by Bill Pentelovitch has successfully defended claims involving misuse or misappropriation of intellectual property. The total amount claimed by the plaintiffs in the three cases exceeded $400 million.


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