Friday, January 23, 2009, 1/23/2009 09:14:00 AM

Big Alabama Trade Secrets Verdict Upheld

The Birmingham News is reporting that Mobile County Circuit Court Judge Robert Smith has upheld a verdict against Ineos Americas LLC and Ineos Phenol in a case brought Dr. Sven Peter Mannsfeld.

Mannsfeld claimed that the chemical companies stole his trade secrets for a process that transformed some hazardous waste into valuable manufacturing ingredients.Last October, a Mobile jury determined that the companies owed $192 million in compensatory damages.

Ineos is appealing.

Mannsfeld, according to the report, is 72 and worked at chemical maker Degussa for three decades.

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