1st Circ. Hands Astro-Med $1M In Trade Secrets Spat

Law360, New York (October 22, 2009, 5:49 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has affirmed an award of almost $1.16 million to life sciences equipment manufacturer Astro-Med Inc. in its suit against rival Nihon Kohden America Inc. and a former employee, who allegedly breached noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements by accepting a job at Nihon Kohden.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Thursday affirmed the judgment of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, rejecting all of the defendants' contentions.

When Astro-Med hired Kevin Plant in 2002, he signed...
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