Dana Can't Prove Trade Secrets Theft, Judge Rules

By Kelly Knaub (August 20, 2013, 6:13 PM EDT) -- A Michigan federal judge on Monday nixed Dana Ltd.'s lawsuit alleging that a rival auto parts company and three former employees engaged in unfair competition and stole trade secrets, finding that although Dana's concerns about the misuse of confidential information were justified, the company failed to provide enough evidence.

Dana sued American Axle and Manufacturing Holdings Inc. in May 2010, alleging that employees who left its Kalamazoo-based facility in April 2010 and began working for American Axle had downloaded numerous files from the company prior to leaving. The complaint brought claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, threatened breach of contract and...

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