Calif. Court Revives Libel Claim In Microchip Espionage Case

By Aaron Vehling (June 9, 2014, 9:12 PM EDT) -- A California man's defamation and libel claims against a business partner's wife who accused him of sharing a microchip maker's trade secrets with the Chinese government will survive, thanks to a California appeals court's Friday ruling partially reversing a trial court's earlier order.

In its ruling, the appeals court found that Lan Lee's defamation and libel claims could prevail against Yunchun Li, whose accusations against Lee ultimately resulted in a federal probe and a subsequent trial, in which he was acquitted. But the appeals court also found that Lee could not prevail on his emotional distress and economic interference claims against...

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