Execs Say UK Lacks Authority Over Trade Secret Theft Claims

Law360, London (April 30, 2021, 6:52 PM BST) -- Two former Semtech executives accused of conspiring with a British satellite communications company argued on Friday that England has no jurisdiction over the trade secret and copyright claims against them since they had worked for the semiconductor maker in France.

Counsel for Nicholas Sornin and Francois Sforza are challenging the jurisdiction of the English courts based on a European Union regulation that requires employers to bring proceedings related to "individual contracts of employment" to courts where the employee lives.

Semtech's High Court suit targets its former executives along with Lacuna Space Ltd. and the communications company's two founders, claiming Lacuna induced...

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