GM To Face $1.4B Jury Trial In Trade Secrets Case

Law360 (March 29, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a potentially costly setback for General Motors Corp., a state supreme court has ruled the auto maker must face a new trial – this time with a jury – in the $1.4 billion trade secret lawsuit filed by an obscure inventor.

GM was accused in 1994 of stealing trade secrets for a ground-breaking cooling system and using the technology in the company's popular "Generation II" engines.

Plaintiff inventor Jack Evans, hired by GM to create prototypes for a new Corvette, said the company used his trade secrets to get its own patent for the now-ubiquitous engine system.

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