December 30, 1989
Out of the Panamanian skies they came, carrying out their mission with nary a hitch. They were F-117 "Stealth" fighters, and their success is being trumpeted as justification for spending jillions on more and fancier airplanes. There's only one problem with this, the same problem that caused our Air Force to reject the economical and useful F-20 in favor of a bigger fleet of more splendiferously expensive and fancier F-14s. The mission wasn't much. Setting off bombs in a vacant lot to confuse a ragtag bunch of militiamen is a mission that could have been carried out just about as well by a couple of low-flying World War II-vintage P-40s.
December 13, 1989 |
A Canadian employed by NCR Corp. was jailed yesterday by a federal magistrate in Philadelphia after allegedly trying to sell NCR trade secrets worth $100 million to a Unisys Corp. executive in Blue Bell, Montgomery County. The defendant, Anthony S. Latchoo, 28, an NCR manager who travels internationally for the company and makes about $40,000 a year, will have a bail hearing tomorrow before U.S. Magistrate William F. Hall Jr. FBI agents arrested Latchoo Monday at Unisys corporate headquarters in Blue Bell after he met with Dr. Barry N. Laurie, director of document imaging systems at Unisys.
September 13, 1989 |
Nutri/System Inc. of Willow Grove has filed suit against Weight Watchers International Inc. and a former Nutri/System employee, charging that they conspired to steal documents, secret formulas and marketing plans. In the suit, filed yesterday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, Nutri/System alleges that the employee, Jean Bakken, of Philadelphia, misappropriated confidential and privileged trade secrets and then jumped ship Sept. 6 to work for Weight Watchers, which is owned by H.J. Heinz of Pittsburgh.
August 25, 1988 |
A Philadelphia temporary-help firm yesterday accused one of its competitors of using a spy to steal operating manuals, client information and other trade secrets in an attempt to drive the company out of business. Careers USA Inc., whose corporate offices are on JFK Boulevard, filed a lawsuit that contends Eagle Staffers & Placers Inc. of Media used one of its corporate officers to infiltrate Careers USA in an effort to "destroy Careers' business and eliminate Careers as a competitor.
May 13, 1988 |
A former employee of Crown Cork & Seal Co. and the owners of an Ohio competitor yesterday were arraigned in Cleveland on federal charges that they conspired to steal Crown Cork's trade secrets. Edward Sullivan, 63, of Parkville, Md., who worked in Crown Cork's Baltimore plant, was arraigned on one count of conspiracy to transport stolen property. Baron Haag, 60, of Chesterland, Ohio, and Chester Romp, 64, of Lakewood, Ohio, the owners of Brau Manufacturing Co. of Willoughby, Ohio, were arraigned on charges of conspiracy to transport stolen property and transportation of stolen property.
June 8, 1987 |
Even though he's retiring June 23 from 27 years as a state labor mediator, Edward Granville Feehan doesn't want his secrets to get out. Like the fact that his middle initial does not stand for God. Or that all those mornings after a full night of bargaining when he would tell the union to wait in a room while he talked to management and then tell management to wait in another room while he talked to the union - what he would really do...
September 5, 1986 |
A former employee of a North Carolina pharmaceutical company yesterday was placed on three years' probation for attempting to sell corporate secrets about an anti-ulcer drug manufactured by his company to its primary competitor, SmithKline Beckman Corp. of Philadelphia. Richard Gary Benton, 37, also was directed by U.S. District Judge Thomas N. O'Neill Jr. to perform 400 hours of community service. O'Neill said he was imposing probation, rather than a jail sentence, to give Benton a chance to prove that he would not become involved in future wrongdoing.
April 2, 1986 |
A Chester County computer-systems firm yesterday obtained a court order temporarily barring an executive who resigned from the company in October from working for a competitor. The order, signed by Chester County Court Judge Lawrence E. Wood, prohibited William Bardwell of Berwyn from working for Integrated Healthcare Technologies (IHT) of Hauppauge, N.Y., until a hearing could be held to determine whether he was breaking an agreement not to reveal his previous employer's trade secrets.
January 7, 1986 |
Richard Gary Benton, 37, married, father of five, was upset when he was passed over for a promotion last year at Glaxo Inc., a pharmaceutical manufacturer in North Carolina. And so, posing as a private investigator named Claude Cook, Benton allegedly tried to get even with his employer by selling some of its secrets to SmithKline Beckman Corp., a rival. According to court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia yesterday, Benton called a SmithKline official in November to see if the firm would be interested in purchasing proprietary manufacturing information about Glaxo's popular anti-ulcer drug, Zantac.