Emails Barred As Evidence In DuPont Trade Secrets Case

Law360, San Francisco (February 3, 2014, 7:10 PM EST) -- Two men charged with stealing trade secrets from DuPont Co. and selling them to government-owned chemical companies in China can't use an ex-colleague's emails as evidence of their innocence because those emails are protected by attorney-client privilege, a California judge ruled Friday.

Although federal prosecutors inadvertently disclosed the emails to defense attorneys during pretrial discovery, they're clearly marked as confidential, said U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White, who is presiding over the trial. He barred USA Performance Technology Inc. founder Walter Liew and ex-DuPont engineer Walter Maegerle...
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