Bloomberg Law
Jan. 28, 2020, 4:01 PM

Hershey Sues Former Executive for Alleged Trade Secret Theft

Blake Brittain
Blake Brittain

Hershey Co. accused the former president of its Amplify healthy snack brand of breaching his contract by stealing trade secrets before leaving to join Kind LLC.

Doug Behrens “orchestrated a secret plan to steal some of Hershey’s most sensitive trade secret and confidential business information and hide his tracks after doing so,” according to the complaint filed Monday in Pennsylvania federal court.

Hershey says Behrens knew he was moving to Kind when he resigned, but “professed to be unsure about his future plans even when Hershey directly asked him what those plans were and if they involved KIND.”

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