Sargent Fletcher, Inc. v. Able Corp. (2003) 110 Cal.App.4th 1658

The Court of Appeal affirmed a defense judgment for a client accused of stealing trade secrets, who alleged independent development of the disputed product. In a first-impression decision, the Court held that a defendant’s allegation of reverse engineering does not cause the burden of proof to shift; rather, the plaintiff must prove lack of independent development.

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