The sentence handed down Jan. 5 against a Taiwanese adhesives company in the first case brought to trial under the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 elated both the prosecutors and the defense lawyers — but one or both of them are planning to appeal it anyway (U.S. v. Pin Yen Yang, N.D. Ohio, No. 1:97-CR-288, sentence imposed 1/5/00).
U.S. District Judge Peter C. Economus of the Northern District of Ohio ordered Four Pillars Enterprises Ltd. to pay the maximum fine of $5 million for stealing trade secrets from Avery Dennison Corp., a U.S. company that manufactures pressure-sensitive adhesives. The judge sentenced Four Pillars’ former chief, Pin Yen Yang, to six months’ home confinement, 18 months of probation, and a fine of $250,000. Yang’s daughter — and former company executive — Hwei Chang “Sally” Yang was hit with one year’s probation and a $5,000 fine.