When You're David Vs. Goliath In A Trade Secrets Trial

Law360, New York (March 11, 2016, 4:46 PM EST) -- William W. Bloch

Gary K. Salomons On Jan. 28, 2016, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded plaintiff Pine Valley Inc., a closely held corporation, $2.8 million in compensatory damages against defendants Ajinomoto North America Inc. and Ajinomoto Frozen Foods USA Inc., two U.S. subsidiaries of the $12.5 billion food multinational conglomerate, Ajinomoto Inc. The jury also found willful and malicious misappropriation of Pine Valley's trade secrets for its fried rice recipes that were sold through Trader Joe's stores for over 14 years. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Samantha Jessner has set an April 15, 2016, hearing, at which she will consider...

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