Fitbit faces trial over Jaw­bone suit

New Straits Times - - Business -

NEW YORK: Fitbit Inc is headed to­wards a trial over claims it stole ri­val Jaw­bone’s trade se­crets, after fail­ing to per­suade a judge to throw the case out.

A Cal­i­for­nia state judge on Fri­day re­jected Fitbit’s ar­gu­ment that the suit is an at­tempt to re­hash claims that were al­ready an­a­lysed and re­jected by the United States In­ter­na­tional Trade Com­mis­sion (ITC) in Wash­ing­ton in Oc­to­ber.

The ju­ris­dic­tion of the court was of a “much broader scope” than the trade agency, said San Fran­cisco Su­pe­rior Court judge Richard Ulmer on Fri­day.

The two pi­o­neers in wear­able ac­tiv­ity track­ers have been em­broiled in le­gal bat­tles since 2015, when Jaw­bone ac­cused Fitbit of plun­der­ing em­ploy­ees and crit­i­cal pro­pri­etary in­for­ma­tion.

Jaw­bone said it was pleased the court did not let Fitbit es­cape li­a­bil­ity for its con­duct.

In the ten­ta­tive rul­ing is­sued at Fri­day’s hear­ing, Ulmer said the ITC pro­ceed­ing did not reach con­clu­sions about trade se­cret claims, adding the agency did not con­sider whether Jaw­bone was en­ti­tled to mon­e­tary dam­ages. Bloomberg

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