Miss. high court to hear arguments in Eaton case

Aerospace company Eaton seeks to reinstate trade secrets civil case against competitor

Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Eaton Corp. is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to reinstate its $1 billion trade secrets lawsuit filed against a rival, Frisby Aerospace.

The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments Monday in Jackson.

A Hinds County judge in 2010 threw out the case, saying Eaton knew about and sanctioned secret actions that attorney Ed Peters took to influence former judge Bobby DeLaughter, who was the initial judge on the case.

Frisby attorneys argued that Peters worked behind the scenes to influence DeLaughter and give Eaton an unfair advantage in the civil case.

Eaton alleges in its lawsuit that five former Eaton engineers took aerospace information and gave it their new employer, Frisby. Frisby then began competing with Eaton for military and commercial contracts, according to the lawsuit.

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