NDA Nets Plaintiff $50 Million
Dur-a-Flex v. Laticrete International illustrates the value of a well-drafted nondisclosure agreement (NDA) – not to mention one that includes an attorneys’ fee provision.
Dur-a-Flex developed a trade-secret process for producing colored sand. Laticrete was a long-time Dur-a-Flex customer and the only customer for this product.
When Laticrete’s orders dropped significantly, Dur-a-Flex suspected that Laticrete was using the Dur-a-Flex process in violation of the NDA that Laticrete had signed.
Dur-a-Flex brought suit and won. The Superior Court of Connecticut affirmed a jury award of $43.7 million and awarded attorneys’ fees and costs in excess of $6 million.
Lesson: NDAs are not mere formalities.
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Dana H. Shultz, Attorney at Law +1 510-547-0545 dana [at] danashultz [dot] com
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Janet Steinman, JD, CIPP
10/8/2010 | 12:19 pm Permalink
Dana – You are absolutely right – NDAs are not a necessary evil.