SunPower Hits SunEdison With Trade Secrets Theft Suit

By Kurt Orzeck (June 3, 2015, 6:30 PM EDT) -- Solar panel manufacturer SunPower Corp. on Wednesday launched a California federal suit against competitor SunEdison Inc. after SunPower employees allegedly stole dealer information and other confidential computer files shortly before jumping ship for SunEdison.

The partially redacted complaint says a court in Italy, where SunPower has offices, recently found that its former employees may have taken confidential information owned by the plaintiff and disclosed it to SunEdison. SunEdison is allegedly using the material to compete with SunPower.

From 2011 to 2014, more than 20 employees from SunPower's offices in Italy, Spain and the U.S. joined SunEdison, according to the complaint. During...

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