China Lured Exec, DuPont Worker To Lift Secrets, Jury Told

Law360, San Francisco (February 24, 2014, 6:37 PM EST) -- Chinese government officials asked a California businessman to steal DuPont Co.'s proprietary method of producing titanium dioxide, prompting him to conspire with an ex-DuPont engineer to sell those secrets to Chinese companies, prosecutors told a California federal jury during closing arguments Monday.

Prosecutor Peter Axelrod told the jury that USA Performance Technology Inc. founder Walter Liew hired ex-DuPont engineer Robert Maegerle in order to snatch DuPont's secret designs for titanium dioxide factories. China wanted the technology, but DuPont refused to sell it to anyone in the...
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