14 November 2008 22:33 [Source: ICIS news]
Invista filed the suit in Delaware state court, accusing Rhodia of stealing trade secrets as part of a plan to build an Asian adiponitrile (ADN) plant with DuPont.
"The action is simply the latest in a series of unsuccessful bids by Invista to convince a US court to insulate it from fair competition and to protect its dominant position in the polyamide market," Rhodia said in a statement. "Rhodia will this time again vigourously defend its interests against Invista’s baseless allegations."
Invista had filed a similar suit in US federal court, accusing both Rhodia and DuPont of using its trade secrets to build the plant. Rhodia and DuPont denied that allegations that Invista made in that earlier suit.
The judge threw out that suit because Invista failed to make any claims that fell under the jurisdiction of the court.
Afterward, Invista amended that federal suit, limiting its accusations to DuPont. Invista's Delaware suit targets Rhodia.
ADN is an intermediate used to make nylon 6,6.
DuPont said earlier this week it had filed a lawsuit against Invista over alleged misappropriation of trade secrets and proprietary information relating to DuPont's nylon engineering resins business.
Invista was formed in 2004 after privately owned Koch Industries acquired DuPont’s textiles and interiors business in a $4.4bn (€3.5bn) deal and merged it with its Kosa fibres business.
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