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Judge Drops Several Allegations in DEV Suit against Rockwell

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Judge Drops Several Allegations in DEV Suit against Rockwell

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A federal judge struck several charges from DEV Industry Inc.'s antitrust lawsuit against Rockwell Graphic Systems Inc., ruling that the allegations had been improperly derived from court-protected information from the seven-year-old trade secrets lawsuit Rockwell is pursuing against DEV.

U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber's ruling strips from the DEV lawsuit one of its most colorful allegations: that two high-ranking Rockwell Graphics executives had talked their way into a DEV manufacturing area and had been given a detailed tour of the 1400 model press assembly line, complete with close examination of some components.

The ruling was the latest development in the long-running legal war between DEV and Rockwell.

In a thicket of lawsuits and counterclaims, Rockwell charges that DEV stole trade secrets to make a virtual clone of Rockwell's popular Community Press, and DEV claims Rockwell has illegally schemed to drive DEV out of business.

In his recent ruling in Chicago federal court, Leinenweber also dismissed all charges that DEV had lodged individually against several top and former Rockwell Graphics executives.

Leinenweber ruled in favor of Rockwell arguments that DEV failed to allege any specific wrongdoing by Rockwell Graphics president James D. Cavanaugh; now-retired vice president Lester A. Kraft; vice president Thomas E. Roberts; corporate legal counsel R. Paul Eck; and Frank A. Chancio, who was executive vice president of Goss Newspaper Products and who has since left Rockwell. …

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