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NJ Court Nixes Trade Secrets Row Over Generic Cough Syrup

Law360, New York (August 27, 2013, 3:56 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey appeals court on Tuesday rejected UCB Manufacturing Inc.’s breach of contract and unfair competition claims in its suit accusing a former employee of disclosing confidential information to rival Tris Pharma Inc. to develop a generic version of UCB’s previously patented Tussionex cough medicine.

A three-judge panel of the New Jersey Superior Court’s Appellate Division affirmed a lower court’s 2011 decision granting summary judgment to defendants Tris Pharma and Yu-Hsing Tu, a scientist and drug formulator who worked with UCB’s predecessors from 1990 to 2001 but later joined Tris Pharma as vice president of research and development.

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