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Animal Feed Company Loses Claims Competitor Took Trade Secrets

May 13, 2020, 7:22 PM

A trade secrets dispute between two livestock nutrition companies was resolved in a Kansas federal district court, when the judge threw out misappropriation claims for failing to allege a link between two former employees’ knowledge of purported secrets and any improper use.

Biomin America Inc. said two former employees who accepted similar roles at a competing company, Lesaffre Yeast Corp., solicited Biomin employees and customers, using confidential information and trade secrets to market Lesaffre’s products.

According to the complaint, a former Biomin sales director and former account manager violated a non-solicitation and non-competition agreement when marketing animal feed additive products...

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