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TRADE SECRETS two former employees of a business software company did not divulge trade secrets or violate a company agreement when they left for a rival company, a Virginia judge ruled on June 19. Wenfeng Li and Xiaogang Xue were programmers for MicroStrategy Inc. of McLean, Va., when they left the company for similar work at Actuate Corp. in San Francisco. MicroStrategy sued the two and their new employer, alleging that the programmers took confidential company information with them, and did so with the approval of Actuate. The defendants denied that any confidential information had been misappropriated or that the company agreement had been violated. They contended, in part, that what MicroStrategy considered trade secrets had been previously disclosed via the Internet. MicroStrategy Inc. v. Li, No. 172862 (Fairfax Co., Va., Cir. Ct.). PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEYS: Lewis F. Powell III and Ingo F. Burghardt, Hunton & Williams, Richmond, Va. DEFENSE ATTORNEYS: Amy L. Bess, Elizabeth A. Ferrell and Drew W. Marrocco, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Washington

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