Saturday, November 14, 2009

Evidence at issue in corporate espionage case involving WYCO employees
There is an expectation of privacy for files stored on a laptop computer but not for files stored on a central office server, a federal magistrate judge ruled Thursday in a case of alleged corporate espionage.

U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley Jr. found that e-mail messages of defendant Clark Alan Roberts were stored under an expectation of privacy in a case where employees of WYCO Inc. of Greenback are accused of conspiring to steal trade secrets.

Roberts and co-defendant Sean Edward Howley have been charged in a federal indictment of gaining access to the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. plant in Topeka, Kan., in May 2007 to steal trade secrets.

Attorneys for both defendants squared off with federal prosecutors Thursday in U.S. District Court in Knoxville over issues related to the admissibility of evidence in the case based on the seldom-prosecuted Economic Espionage Act of 1996.


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