California Panel Affirms Denial Of Exemplary Damages In Trade Secrets Dispute

(April 12, 2019, 1:47 PM EDT) -- LOS ANGELES — A California trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying a company’s request for statutory exemplary damages in a trade secret misappropriation lawsuit because the company was judicially estopped from arguing that the trial court should apply the exemplary damages provision of the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act (CUTSA) to the entirety of the damages it was awarded by the jury on both its CUTSA and common-law claims, a California appellate panel ruled April 9 in an unpublished opinion (Pine Valley Inc. v. Ajinomoto North America Inc., et al., No. B282443, Calif. App., 2nd Dist., Div. 4, 2019 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 2469)....

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