Bard Beats Contract Claim In Catheter Trade Secrets Fight

Law360, New York (September 19, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday wiped out claims of contract inference and unfair competition against a CR Bard Inc. unit but said the medical device giant must face allegations it stole trade secrets when acquiring catheter technology from a former executive at competitor VasoNova Inc.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup tossed the contract claim after finding no evidence that Utah-based Bard encouraged Sorin Grunwald, former chief technology officer at California-based VasoNova, to breach a confidentiality agreement by selling it a catheter-insertion system after stepping down...
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