Best Buy Hit With $5M Punitives For Stealing Trade Secrets

Law360, New York (December 6, 2012, 4:30 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Monday tacked on $5 million in punitive damages to a $22 million jury award against Best Buy Co. Inc. for allegedly willfully stealing TechForward Inc.'s trade secrets and breaching a confidentiality agreement concerning an electronics buy-back program.

U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II awarded TechForward $5 million in exemplary damages, much less than the $22 million the electronics recycler had requested. The judge did not give his reasons for the award.

The punitive damages award brings Best Buy's tab to...
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Case Information

Case Title

TechForward, Inc. v. Best Buy Co., Inc.

Case Number



California Central

Nature of Suit

Contract: Other


Otis D. Wright, II

Date Filed

February 10, 2011

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