Cargill Loses Trade Secret Case in California
According to FlexNews.com, which provides “business news for the food industry”, Cargill has lost its claim for misappropriation of trade secrets by three former employers named Matt Budine, Brian Sundberg, and Luciana Jonkman. The former employers formed a dairy nutrition and management consultancy firm called Progressive Dairy Solutions. According to Cargill spokesman David Feider, “The litigation with Cargill’s former employees was about whether they could use – acting as competitors – the fruits of Cargill’s research and development efforts for their own purposes after they left Cargill. ”
The Federal Court in Fresno, California found the claims “objectively specious.” Ouch. Cargill is apparently exploring appeal options.
We will update if we learn more.