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Texas Court Nixes 7-Yr. Term For Trade Secrets Theft

Law360 (October 21, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A state appeals court has acquitted a Texas man who was slapped with seven years in prison for allegedly stealing trade secrets from his former employer, a turbine engineering company.

On Friday, the Texas Court of Appeals, Sixth District, Texarkana reversed a lower court's judgment that found Frank Herbert McClain Jr. guilty of stealing trade secrets from Didrickson Associates.

The appellate court found that the “trade secrets” in question — 100 diagrams of circuit boards, which are part of the turbines' control panels — were actually...
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