GSK Says E-Discovery Co.'s CEO Is Holding Data Hostage

Law360, New York (January 22, 2013, 7:27 PM EST) -- Hand over the cash or the hard drive gets it. That was the ransom demand GlaxoSmithKline PLC says the CEO of an e-discovery company leveled at it, along with a threat to destroy billions of pages of the company's sensitive documents — unless GSK paid him more than $80,000.

In a complaint filed in New York state court Tuesday, GSK accuses New York City-based Discovery Works Legal Inc. and CEO Harry Debari of "holding hostage over 20 terabytes of GSK's most sensitive and confidential data, and threatening to withhold and destroy the data unless GSK pays the ransom."

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