Ex-DuPont Engineer, Businessman Stole Secrets, Jury Hears

Law360, San Francisco (January 8, 2014, 6:22 PM EST) -- An ex-DuPont Co. engineer and two conspirators stole DuPont trade secrets describing how to build factories that produce titanium dioxide, and sold the designs to Chinese government-owned companies, reaping $28 million, prosecutors told a California federal jury Wednesday during opening statements in the criminal trial.

Chinese-American Walter Liew and his wife, Christina, founded multiple companies in Northern California, including USA Performance Technology Inc., and hired as a consultant ex-DuPont engineer Robert Maegerle, who knew the ins and outs of safely producing massive amounts of titanium dioxide,...
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