Defense Absent As St. Jude Trade Secrets Trial Begins

Law360, New York (April 18, 2011, 10:58 PM EDT) -- With the defense chairs empty, an attorney for a division of St. Jude Medical Inc. delivered the sole opening statement Monday in its suit accusing a former employee of stealing medical device trade secrets and taking them to a Chinese competitor.

Defendant Yongning Zou, a former engineer at Sylmar, Calif.-based Pacesetter, Inc. — which makes pacemakers, defibrillators, and neuromodulators under the name St. Jude Medical — failed to appear in Los Angeles Superior Court on the first day of trial against him and Suzhou, China-based Nervicon...
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