Calif. Jury Says Emerson Owes BladeRoom $30M For IP Theft

Law360, San Jose (May 10, 2018, 4:52 PM EDT) -- A California federal jury held Thursday that American manufacturing giant Emerson Electric Co. owes U.K.-based BladeRoom Group Ltd. $30 million for stealing trade secrets to build a massive Facebook data center.

Following a 20-day trial, the jury deliberated for less than a day before reaching its verdict, concluding BladeRoom proved by a preponderance of the evidence that Emerson improperly disclosed or used two of four asserted trade secrets to build Facebook's now-completed $200 million data center in Lulea, Sweden.

The jury also found that Emerson's misappropriation of BladeRoom's proprietary inventions for building the complex server-storage facility was "willful and malicious." Determining...

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