GM Stole Trade Secrets: Finmeccanica

Law360, New York (August 24, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- General Motors Corp. is locked in a legal battle with an Italian company that has accused the auto maker of poaching trade secrets to develop electric motors for hybrid vehicles—a technology some say could endow electric cars with the same kind of power as their combustion-engine driven counterparts.

Finmeccanica S.p.A. and subsidiary Ansaldo Ricerche S.p.A. filed the lawsuit against GM earlier this month, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The technology at issue in the suit is extremely significant, and could...
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