Ex-DuPont Engineer Convicted Of Trade Secret Conspiracy

Law360, San Francisco (March 5, 2014, 3:58 PM EST) -- A California federal jury on Wednesday found a California businessman and a former DuPont Co. engineer guilty of conspiring to steal DuPont's proprietary method of manufacturing titanium dioxide and selling the information to Chinese government-owned companies for $28 million.

The jury found businessman Walter Liew and his company USA Performance Technology Inc. guilty of conspiracy to commit economic espionage and possession of trade secrets, and found Liew guilty of tampering with witnesses and evidence, filing false tax returns, and making false statements in bankruptcy proceedings.

Robert Maegerle, the former DuPont engineer Liew hired to help him secure contracts with Chinese manufacturers,...

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