Judge chastises Eaton, dismisses trade secret suit - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Judge chastises Eaton, dismisses trade secret suit

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi judge has dismissed a $1 billion trade secrets lawsuit filed by power management company Eaton Corp. against a rival, Frisby Aerospace.

In dismissing the lawsuit, Hinds County Circuit Judge Swan Yerger ruled that Eaton knew about and sanctioned secret actions that attorney Ed Peters took to influence another judge.

Easton spokesman Don McGrath said that Yerger's ruling will be appealed to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

McGrath said Eaton never asked Peters to try to influence former Judge Bobby DeLaughter or any other judge.

DeLaughter pleaded guilty in 2009 in federal court to obstruction of justice in an unrelated case. Peters received immunity in that case and gave up his law license.

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