Saturday, February 20, 2010

Feds file to halt Starwood-Hilton espionage lawsuit
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors have asked a court to halt a corporate espionage lawsuit between Starwood Hotels and Hilton, saying the litigation could compromise a criminal investigation.

The filing Friday by the U.S. Attorney's Office says it is pursuing possible charges of conspiracy, computer fraud, theft of trade secrets and interstate transportation of stolen goods against Hilton and two executives it hired away from Starwood.

Starwood claims the executives took confidential documents and that Hilton used them to develop a competitor to the W Hotels brand.

A judge must approve the government's motion.


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