Earlier in October, the United Parcel Service (UPS) had reason to believe some of their pilots found and shared strategic plans about a UPS aircraft based on confidential trade secret information in a PowerPoint. These private plans were indicated to have the goal of influencing company strategy and financial decisions in the future.
The pilots in question appear to have known what the PowerPoint contained, shared it with others through the online sharing tool Dropbox, and made comments in a forum regarding what they learned from the document. While the motives behind these actions are unclear, the UPS filed lawsuits against all the pilots involved.
Causes of action in the lawsuit
The UPS is claiming a direct violation of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, as well as a violation of the local Georgia Trade Secrets Act. The lawsuit is complicated by the fact the true identity of the pilots involved is still unknown. To continue their trade secret violation claims, the UPS is taking further steps to find the identity of the pilots, discover more evidence and talk to possible witnesses.
What to do if trade secret violation happens to you
In the case of your business’s trade secrets being violated, working quickly to contain the damage, file claims, identify the responsible parties and work toward a legal conclusion can be essential to protecting your business, finances and strategic plans.
Knowing where to call if such a violation occurs may help save you time, money and frustration—Talk to a business law attorney with a focus on trade secrets for valuable advice and to determine a path forward.