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SC Court Tightens Rules For Trade Secrets Discovery

Law360 (March 4, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- In an unusual move, the Supreme Court of South Carolina has reversed a lower court order compelling Bridgestone Corp. to hand over a trade secret in a suit alleging a faulty Bridgestone tire caused a fatal car crash, a ruling that tightens the standard for discovery of trade secrets in South Carolina.

South Carolina's highest court handed down the 2-1 opinion Monday reversing the trial court's order, finding that respondent Russell Laffitte failed to meet the “relevant and necessary” standard and that therefore, the disclosure of...
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