Caterpillar Accused Of Swiping Machine Designs

Law360, New York (June 22, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT) -- Miller UK Ltd., which manufactures quick couplers and buckets for earthmoving machines, is claiming that Caterpillar Inc. stole its designs and breached a supply contract so that the construction giant would no longer have to buy the products from the supplier.

Miller filed suit Thursday in the U.S District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, alleging that Caterpillar, which was the plaintiff's largest customer, used the supply agreement to gain access to proprietary materials.

“[Caterpillar] sought to deprive Miller of the return on Miller’s substantial...
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