Plant Growers Claim Ex-GM Stole Trade Secrets

Law360, New York (January 31, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- An Alabama-based horticultural firm has brought a trade secrets suit against its former general manager, who allegedly uprooted the company’s technology for developing new plant varieties.

Plant Development Services Inc. filed the suit Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, accusing James B. Berry of filing patent applications for at least six plants owned and developed by PDSI after he left the company in late October 2005.

Berry, who began serving as general manager when PDSI was established in 1996, had...
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