Defended and Settled Trade Secret Dispute Brought against Adhesive Coating Company and Its Employee

February 3, 2017

Adherent Laboratories, Inc. v. William Bunnelle and IFS Industries, Inc., No. 62-CV-16-531

Represented IFS Industries, Inc. and an individual employee in defense of trade secret and related claims in the State District Court of Minnesota, Ramsey County, involving the alleged misappropriation of hot melt adhesive formulations containing amorphous poly-alpha olefins and heterophasic metallocene-catalyzed polypropylene. Obtained early dismissal of a claim seeking to gain ownership of certain IFS Industries patents and patent applications based on plaintiff’s refusal to join an indispensable party. Obtained an order requiring plaintiff to identify its alleged trade secrets with specificity prior to discovery. Following discovery and motion practice, including a motion by plaintiff to withdraw its trade secret count, the case was resolved by settlement.

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Jake M. Holdreith


Managing Partner, Minneapolis Office
Member of Executive Board

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