The secret recipe for Thomas' English Muffins is putting to the test an unsettled legal doctrine: that you can sue someone out of fear that he might steal your trade secrets. In a highly watched trade secrets case in Pennsylvania, Bimbo Bakeries USA is going after former executive Chris Botticella -- one of fewer than 10 people in the world who know how to create "nooks and crannies" -- who allegedly told the company he was retiring when he was really taking a job with rival Hostess Brands Inc.
Bimbo Bakeries Seeks Limits on Its Departing Muffin Man
The National Law Journal
January 27, 2010