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Trial Team Defends Client in North Carolina Business Court Trade Secret Trial

Trial Team Defends Client in North Carolina Business Court Trade Secret Trial

March 1, 2017

Smith Moore Leatherwood’s Trial Team represented Defendant American Safety Utility Corporation in a trade secret matter tried to verdict in the North Carolina Business Court.  The jury returned a complete defense verdict on Monday, February 20. J. Douglas Grimes and C. Bailey King Jr. tried the case.

American Safety Utility Corporation was sued by Safety Test & Equipment Company, Inc., one of its direct competitors, after two of its salesmen left Safety Test to work for American Safety.  Safety Test claimed the salesmen misappropriated Safety Test’s confidential business information in order to lure away twelve large customer accounts.  Safety Test asserted claims against American Safety and the salesmen for trade secret misappropriation, tortious interference with prospective contract, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.  After a two week trial, the jury deliberated for approximately two hours before finding the business information Safety Test’s former salesmen allegedly misappropriated did not constitute trade secrets and that the Defendants had not wrongfully used Safety Test’s alleged confidential information to interfere with any prospective customer contracts.

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