Monday, January 09, 2006, 1/09/2006 07:46:00 AM

Wal-Mart Trade Secrets Breach Leads to Jail

From the Benton County (AK) Daily Record: News of an action by Wal-Mart and EMC against a former employee of a contractor who was working on a data storage and movement project for Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart claims the contractor sent data to e-mail addresses which are believed to be his home e-mail address.

The suit accuses the employee of sending at least 20 separate emails between Dec. 17 to Dec. 23 to those addresses. The emails contained information and data file attachments that are allegedly proprietary and confidential Wal-Mart information and also contained software scripts and other files that are allegedly proprietary to EMC and trade secrets.

The contractor was jailed on Thursday, January 5 for failure to turn over his computer as ordered by the court.

The lesson: Don't mess with Wal-Mart in Circuit Court in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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