Sara Lee and Tyson Foods Reach Settlement In Trade Secret Case

According to Law360, Sara Lee Corp. and Tyson Foods, Inc. resolved their dispute near the closing of a bench trial on Sara Lee’s claim that one of its former plant manager who defected to Tyson Foods would disclose trade secrets on sliced lunch meat production processes.  Central to this claim was the allegation that, after being offered the job by Tyson, the plant manager downloaded proprietary information from Sara Lee’s computer network onto four thumb drives.   The defense, however, argued that the alleged trade secrets were too diffuse to be carried away by one person and that the plan manager did not have the level of responsibility that Sara Lee alleged. 

Details of the settlement were not disclosed.  The case is Sara Lee Corp. v. Vincent W. Burns II et al., case no. 1:11-cv-07577, pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.   See full article here.

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