SunPower Alleges SunEdison Poached Employees, Trade Secrets

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SunPower Corp. sued SunEdison Inc. over claims the rival solar manufacturer recruited away employees who stole trade secrets.

SunPower said its competitor acquired proprietary information when it poached 20 workers in the U.S., Spain and Italy from 2011 to 2014, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco.

SunEdison executive Vikas Desai “personally solicited and encouraged some SunPower employees to leave SunPower to join SunEdison,” SunPower alleged.

Two former SunPower employees who joined SunEdison stole “dealer information, distribution channel strategy information, market research, sales roadmaps and other highly confidential documents,” according to the complaint.

Gordon Handelsman, a spokesman for SunEdison, declined to comment on the complaint.

The case is SunPower Corp. v. SunEdison Inc., 15-cv-02462, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).

(An earlier version of this story corrected the timeframe for the alleged employee poaching.)

(Updates with SunEdison spokesman in fifth paragraph.)
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