Judge dismisses Eaton’s trade secrets lawsuit
JACKSON — A Mississippi judge has dismissed a $1-billion trade secrets lawsuit filed by power management company Eaton Corp. against a rival, saying once-prominent attorney Ed Peters worked on Eaton’s behalf to influence former judge Bobby DeLaughter in the case.
“The court finds, by clear and convincing evidence, that Eaton and its counsel were aware of and, in fact, sanctioned Peters’ clandestine actions, either through affirmation or inaction, with then-Judge DeLaughter, for Eaton’s benefit,” Yerger said in his order dismissing Eaton’s lawsuit against rival Frisby Aerospace.
Eaton spokesman Don McGrath told the paper that Yerger’s ruling would be appealed to the Mississippi Supreme Court. McGrath said Eaton never asked Peters to try to influence former Judge Bobby DeLaughter or any other judge.
DeLaughter and Peters are no strangers to allegations of wrongdoing. DeLaughter pleaded guilty in 2009 in federal court in Oxford to obstruction of justice for lying to an FBI agent about communication with Peters in an unrelated case. Peters was given immunity in the case and gave up his license to practice law in Mississippi. He has made no public statements about the Eaton case.
McGrath said it shouldn’t be forgotten that the case’s central issue is the allegation of the theft of thousands of documents with trade secrets developed at the company’s Jackson operation that were taken to a competitor.
An attorney for that competitor praised the Yerger decision.
“It’s a good day for justice in Mississippi,” said Alan Perry, an attorney for Frisby, which is now known as Triumph Actuation Systems.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
One Response to “Judge dismisses Eaton’s trade secrets lawsuit”
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Top Posts & Pages
- NEW IN MADISON COUNTY — Mississippi Bio-Medical Business Collaboratory to be introduced Friday
- GreenTech holds grand opening of neighborhood electric vehicle plant
- Turner Grain’s transition will help consolidate lawsuits alleging breach of contract
- Mississippi Film Studios signs contract with New Orleans company
- MDOT cutting more than 40 jobs in Right-of-Way Division
- Granddaughter of Barq's Root Beer founder dies at 90
- Mars Food expanding Delta plant; investing $31M and adding jobs
- Board authorizes sale of company that owns Silver Slipper Casino
- David Duval, former British Open winner, joins Sanderson Farms field
- JRA plans image makeover, hires crisis manager