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Arraignment in Kevlar trade secrets case postponed

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A South Korean company's arraignment on charges of stealing the Kevlar body armor recipe from the DuPont Co. has been postponed.

Kolon Industries was set for arraignment Friday in U.S. District Court in Richmond. That hearing has been changed to a status conference.

Kolon is charged in a six-count federal indictment with theft of trade secrets, conspiracy to convert trade secrets and obstruction of justice. Five Kolon employees also face conspiracy and obstruction charges.

The company is accused of engaging in a seven-year conspiracy to steal secrets on the manufacturing process for Kevlar and a similar product produced by a Japanese company. Kolon attorneys have disputed the allegations.

In 2011, a Richmond jury awarded Delaware-based DuPont a $920 million judgment against Kolon in a trade-secrets lawsuit involving Kevlar.