U.S. JUDGE ALLOWS SPYING COUNTER-CLAIMS AGAINST SEIKO-EPSON

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U.S. JUDGE ALLOWS SPYING COUNTER-CLAIMS AGAINST SEIKO-EPSON

 user 2010-01-11 at 11:30:07 am Views: 33
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    U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE ALLOWS
    SPYING COUNTER-CLAIMS AGAINST SEIKO-EPSON CORPORATION.

    U.S. District Judge Allows Green Project, Inc. to Continue
    Corporate Spying Claims Against Seiko Epson

    LOS ANGELES, CA — Judge Anna J. Brown of the U.S. District
    Court, District of Oregon, has upheld Green Project Inc.’s
    (www.greenprojectinc.com) counter-suit against Seiko Epson which is
    based on Green Project’s claims of misappropriation of trade secrets,
    trespass and unfair competition. The court case stems from an alleged
    corporate espionage incident between the two companies.

    The
    original lawsuit, brought by Seiko Epson, one of the world’s largest
    inkjet manufacturer’s, and Green Project’s counter-suit, both are now
    continuing in the discovery phase.

    Judge Brown’s order, delivered
    Jan. 5, 2010, affirms the merit of the counter-suit filed by Green
    Project against Seiko Epson on July 27, 2009. The ruling was
    enthusiastically received as an indicator of the eventual vindication of
    Green Project, according to Thomas Chan, managing partner of Chan Law
    Group and counsel to Green Project.

    “The fact that Judge Brown
    declined Seiko Epson’s motion to dismiss Green Project’s counter-suit
    strongly indicates the validity of our claims against Seiko Epson, a
    Japanese corporate giant that chose to profit from the U.S. but also
    chose to be disdainful of protecting the environment from which it
    profits,” Chan said.

    Joseph Wu, president of Green Project, a
    Los-Angeles based environmentally dedicated entrepreneurial company,
    added, “I am gratified that Judge Brown recognized that our claims are
    strong enough to go forward with our case against Seiko Epson.”

    The
    two-year-old company provides consumers with an environmentally sound
    alternative through the recycling of inkjet cartridges. Studies indicate
    that approximately 350 million cartridges wind up in landfills
    throughout North America each year, illuminating the need to find ways
    of keeping the plastic and unused ink out of the ground.

    The
    original lawsuit by Seiko Epson against Green Project claimed patent
    infringement. Green Project strongly disputes that claim and has
    counter-sued seeking damages against Seiko Epson and one of its
    employees, Herbert W. Seitz, who is accused of surreptitiously gaining
    access to Green Project’s premises and to its competitive business
    information by pretending to be a potential customer.

    In ruling
    on Seiko Epson’s motion for dismissal, Judge Brown stated, “The court
    concludes Green Project’s allegations as to the measures it took to
    protect its purported trade secrets are sufficient to state a
    counterclaim for misappropriation of trade secrets.”

    She also
    ruled: “The Court finds Green Project’s allegations that (Herbert W.)
    Seitz entered Green Project’s warehouse without permission through an
    entrance located on private property that is not open to the public are
    sufficient to state a counterclaim for trespass.”

    Green Project,
    Inc.
    Based in Hacienda Heights, Calif., Green Project Inc. is a
    fast-growing start-up that specializes in recycling ink and toner
    cartridges. The company provides products for all of the major
    manufacturers of inkjet printers, including inkjet cartridges and laser
    toners. The company has a strong environmental orientation and has
    chosen to focus on providing recycled products, thus saving the earth
    from further environmental harm caused by discarded inkjet cartridges
    and used ink. More information is available at http://www.greenprojectinc.com.

    http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/us-district-judge-allows-green,1114395.shtml