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Court hears arguments in trade secrets case


Bobby DeLaughter

Bobby DeLaughter



Holbrook Mohr/The Associated Press



JACKSON -- Attorneys for Eaton Corp. asked the Mississippi Supreme Court on Monday to reinstate its $1 billion trade secrets lawsuit against a rival, Frisby Aerospace. 


A Hinds County judge in 2010 threw out the case, saying Eaton knew about and sanctioned secret actions that attorney Ed Peters took to influence former judge Bobby DeLaughter, the initial judge on the case. 


Frisby attorneys say Peters worked behind the scenes to influence DeLaughter and give Eaton an unfair advantage in the civil case. 


Eaton attorney Luther Munford argued Monday that there was no "clear and convincing evidence" that Eaton was guilty of fraud and the lower court used the wrong standard in dismissing the case and issuing a $1.5 million fine. 


"The evidence before the court was not sufficient to support the sanction," Munford said.




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