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Zynga Rival Fires Back in Trade Secret Suit
The Litigation Daily
Online game maker Kixeye Inc. has a message for bigger, better-known rival Zynga Inc.: Your secrets aren't worth stealing.
"Zynga is a failing company with a business model that went stale long ago," Kixeye's attorneys at Goodwin Procter wrote in an answer to a Zynga complaint filed against it in San Francisco Superior Court. "Zynga's user base is shrinking, and along with it, Zynga's profits are dwindling."
Kixeye's response escalates a five-month-old legal battle that started when a top Zynga employee defected.
Represented by a team led by Bradford Newman of Paul Hastings, Zynga filed suit against Alan Patmore the former general manager of its Facebook game, "CityVille" last October. Zynga accuses him of downloading its own trade secrets using Dropbox to a laptop owned by Kixeye, where he began working on Sept. 24, 2012 a little more than a month after left Zynga.
Zynga has expanded its suit to include Kixeye, arguing that "Kixeye actively solicited ... stolen Zynga information."
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