LA Utility Stole Bidding System Trade Secrets, Suit Says

By Vin Gurrieri (August 4, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT) -- Office Future Systems Inc. has sued the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, alleging it terminated a contract for an online e-commerce bidding system and then misappropriated the company's trade secrets by using its former chief of technology to develop a duplicate system.

Office Future's suit, which it filed Friday in California state court seeking at least $3 million in damages, alleges that the utility — the largest municipal water and power utility in the nation — terminated a contract between the parties to develop and implement a procurement system. It then turned around and induced a new contractor to...

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