Sunstein LLP is excited to announce a significant win for client KPM Analytics in a trade secret lawsuit.
After a rigorous two week trial, the jury agreed that KPM, a scientific equipment supplier, is owed $4.9 million for trade secret misappropriation, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and contract breaches. Sunstein attorneys John T. Gutkoski and Kevin R. Mosier represented KPM in the suit.
In KPM Analytics North America Corp. v. Blue Sun Scientific LLC et al., KPM sued Blue Sun Scientific LLC and its parent company, The Innovative Technologies Group & Co., in April 2021 for poaching key personnel, customer data and proprietary software. In August 2021, the United States District Court entered a preliminary injunction against both companies and four of KPM’s former employees now working at Blue Sun.
The jury found that Blue Sun unlawfully used KPM trade secret information and that it and the four former KPM employees stole trade secrets and violated non-disclosure agreements and good faith covenants. The four former employees and both companies were ordered to pay separate damages based on the severity of their wrongdoing.
“KPM Analytics takes seriously the protection of its trade secrets and commercial relationships”, said Gutkoski.“ KPM Analytics is pleased that the jury properly concluded that the various defendants misappropriated KPM’s trade secrets, interfered with KPM’s contracts, and engaged in unfair and deceptive conduct.”
KPM Analytics is a global leader in scientific instrumentation and machinery, focused primarily on analyzing critical parameters within the food, feed, agriculture, and environmental sectors. Visit www.kpmanalytics.com to learn more.