Monday, September 18, 2006, 9/18/2006 08:53:00 AM

Coke Update -- Defense Counsel Wants to Quash Wiretaps and Identify Trade Secrets

An AP report from the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that a lawyer for one of three defendants accused of stealing Coke's trade secrets -- Ibrahim Dimson -- has asked the judge to throw out evidence from wiretapped phone calls involving her client. The lawyer, Anna Blitz, contends in court papers filed in federal court in Atlanta that the government illegally monitored her client's calls.

In a separate filing, Blitz said a judge should order prosecutors to identify the trade secrets they believe Dimson conspired to steal. This is always a tricky issue in such cases since Coke will want the filing to be as far under seal as possible and preferably otherwise vague.

Earlier reports say the prosecutors have a box containing two undisclosed Coca-Cola product samples and other confidential company documents. Coke, though, has declined to say what product or products the samples relate to.

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