Coal Co. Must Face Trade Secret Theft Claims

Law360, New York (March 31, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has refused to throw out Crown Coal & Coke Co.'s lawsuit against Compass Point Resources LLC, ruling that the rival coal and coke seller created by two former Crown Coal executives must face claims that the employees stole confidential information about the company's business relationships before leaving.

In a ruling Tuesday, Judge Gary L. Lancaster of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania shot down Compass Point's bid to dismiss the claims against it after finding that material issues of...
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