Defended an agricultural/crop insurance provider in a noncompete dispute after the client hired a high-level sales executive of competitor. In Missouri, under Missouri law. Case settled favorably after we successfully defeated plaintiff’s application for preliminary injunction following 3 weeks of expedited discovery and two day trial.
DuPont filed a civil trade secrets case in 2009 against Kolon Industries Inc. for conspiring with former employees to steal proprietary information about Kevlar™, the bulletproofing fiber used in body armor products. McGuireWoods served as lead trial counsel for DuPont in civil litigation spanning six years. Meanwhile, in 2012, the U.S. Government filed a criminal case against Kolon – in which the company pleaded guilty in April 2015. In doing so, Kolon agreed to pay $360 million in fines, ending the long-running civil and criminal disputes.
The case is historically significant because of the size of the original verdict, the rulings on a host of key trade secrets and spoliation issues, and the resulting settlement obtained by DuPont. It has also been cited in ongoing efforts by the Obama administration as an example of the need for enhanced federal protection of corporate trade secrets. Awarded the Global Dispute of the Year: U.S. Litigation by American Lawyer Media in 2015.
Obtained temporary injunction against former executive for breach of noncompetition agreement and threatened misappropriation of trade secrets.
Representation of aftermarket undercar manufacturer/distributor in trade secrets suit. Received default judgment, including a grant of injunctive relief permanently enjoining the defendant from using any misappropriated trade secrets and enjoining the defendant from competing with our client for a period of three years in China and the United States. Our client was awarded compensatory and punitive damages, as well as attorneys’ fees and costs.
Representation of investment subsidiary of a Fortune 100 financial institution in trade secrets case. Obtained temporary restraining order and subsequently negotiated a favorable settlement concerning three financial services brokers who surreptitiously and carefully orchestrated a plan to misappropriate trade secrets and to use that information to solicit their former employer’s customers to transfer their accounts to their new employer.
Accomplished Employment Litigator Meghaan Madriz Joins McGuireWoods in Houston
August 9, 2018
McGuireWoods Expands Labor and Employment Practice in Texas With Arrival of Accomplished Litigator Peyton Smith
October 3, 2016
Texas Supreme Court: No Absolute Right to Have Designated Representative Present for Trade Secrets Proceedings
June 9, 2016
House of Representatives Passes the “Defend Trade Secrets Act”
May 3, 2016
Texas Supreme Court Considers Whether Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act Can Keep Corporate Representatives From the Courtroom
February 2, 2016