Saturday, August 26, 2006, 8/26/2006 08:21:00 PM

Memphis Trade Secrets Case Adds Computer Fraud & Abuse Claims

Updating a story on a case we first reported on in April, the Memphis Business Journal, provides a report on the recent developments in the case of Exel Transportation Services against Total Transportation Services. The original lawsuit alleged that the defendants used computer passwords to hack into Exel's computer system more than 1,100 times since Sept. 8, 2005, to access confidential proprietary information and trade secrets.

Now, Exel alleges that executives and employees from Plano, Tex.-based Total Transportation Services began misappropriating information from Exel's protected computer systems as early as October 2004, nearly a year earlier than first believed. And, Exel has added three new defendants to the case.

According to the article, the amended complaint also contains allegations of conspiracy and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Texas Criminal Wiretap Act.

This again, is further proof of our theory that it's a rare trade secrets case nowadays that doesn't involve abusing a computer.

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