Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 12/10/2008 06:19:00 PM

Actress Kate Hudson "Sent Packing" Back to State Court in Trade Secrets Case

By Todd
We first blogged about this case here: http://wombletradesecrets.blogspot.com/2008_08_01_archive.html.

The U.S. District Court ordered today that Kate Hudson and David Babaii for WildAid LLC respond to 220 Laboratories' lawsuit as it was originally filed against them. The District Court rejected the defendants' argument that 220 Laboratories' claims are preempted by the Copyright Act; the lawsuit will be sent back to be heard by the Superior Court of the State of California. The Defendants would have reframed the case as copyright infringement in contrast to the seventeen counts filed by 220 Laboratories that include misappropriation of trade secrets, fraud and breach-of-contract.

William E. Crockett, managing partner at Woodland Hills law firm Dion-Kindem & Crockett, issued the statement, "Though we are as comfortable representing 220 Laboratories in Federal Court as we are in State Court, we believe that the California Superior Court is a far more appropriate venue. This removal to the District Court was a Hail Mary attempt by the Defendants to confuse the issues and the case. The District Court saw it as we do and sent the defendants packing. We look forward to taking immediate steps to stop the ongoing damage to our client."

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