Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ex-GM Exec Lopez Indicted on Charges of Stealing Secrets

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ex-GM Exec Lopez Indicted on Charges of Stealing Secrets

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General Motors claimed another victory Wednesday in its complaint of theft of trade secrets with the criminal indictment of a key executive who defected to Volkswagen.

Prosecutors in the central German city of Darmstadt scheduled a news conference for Friday to announce charges against former GM purchasing chief Jose Ignacio Lopez and three other former GM managers for alleged betrayal of "trade and company secrets."

Both companies said that prosecutors had notified them of the indictment Wednesday, although neither side had yet been given a copy. "The indictment of Lopez and his collaborators speaks for itself. It is a clear statement by an independent prosecutor that the allegations we have made concerning the theft of our data are well-founded," GM spokesman John Mueller said at the company's Detroit headquarters. Lopez left GM in 1993. The executive, who was about to be named head of North American operations, took seven other managers with him. …

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