Bill seeks to clarify Trade Secrets Act

By The Associated Press

JACKSON – Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is proposing changes to Mississippi law by adding computer software and related materials to documents protected under the Trade Secrets Act.
Hosemann said that the purpose is to address what judges could and could not order disclosed in trade secrets lawsuits.
“We have been very specific (under current law) about what trade secrets are subject to disclosure under the litigation process,” Hosemann said. “We have to clarify what the judicial branch can order disclosure or nondisclosure of.”
That issue was raised by Eaton Aerospace of Jackson in its lawsuit against North Carolina-based Frisby Aerospace.
Eaton had claimed that six former employees took with them to Frisby a computer database that contained Eaton trade secrets.
Hinds County Circuit Judge Swan Yerger threw out the lawsuit last year. Yerger said Eaton had hired former District Attorney Ed Peters as outside counsel with the hopes he could influence Judge Bobby DeLaughter, who initially presided over the litigation.
Yerger also ruled that most everything that had been kept under seal, including Eaton trade secrets, during the litigation would be made public by the end of January.

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