Hooters Hits Restaurant Rival With Trade Secrets Suit

Law360, San Diego (September 29, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT) -- Hooters of America LLC on Wednesday launched a suit in Georgia accusing a former executive of ripping off its trade secrets to help rival chain Twin Peaks Restaurants’ aggressive plans to expand in Atlanta and throughout the U.S.

Hooters’ complaint against Twin Peaks' franchise development partner La Cima Restaurants LLC alleges Joseph Hummel, Hooters’ former vice president of operations and purchasing, gained unauthorized access to its computer systems and misappropriated sensitive trade secrets and confidential business information to competitively benefit La Cima, where Hummel now works...
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