Microsoft Sues Former Exec of Stealing 600MB of Confidential Docs

Microsoft is accusing a former manager of taking hundreds of megabytes of confidential company material when he left the firm for a new position as a svp with CRM vendor Salesforce.com.In a motion filed with a Washington State Superior Court Thursday, Microsoft alleged that Matt Miszewski, formerly a market development manager in the company's government […]

Microsoft is accusing a former manager of taking hundreds of megabytes of confidential company material when he left the firm for a new position as a svp with CRM vendor Salesforce.com.

In a motion filed with a Washington State Superior Court Thursday, Microsoft alleged that Matt Miszewski, formerly a market development manager in the company's government group, lied about retaining "a large trove of materials -- 600 megabytes of information comprising over 900 separate files (estimated at 25,000 pages)" of proprietary Microsoft information on his personal computer.

Among the documents Microsoft alleged were on Miszewski's computer were internal playbooks and business plans related to Microsoft's 2011 strategies for its government group and its cloud computing products and services. "[These] would be highly valuable to Microsoft's competitors, including Salesforce.com, both in terms of capitalizing on Microsoft's efforts to prepare these materials, as well as revealing in detail Microsoft's own competitive strategies," the motion stated.

Since the discovery of the documents on Miszewski personal computer, Microsoft motioned the courts to change his existing temporary restraining order to a longer term preliminary injunction, that would continue to block Miszewski from working at Salesforce.com.

"It defies reason to assume that Miszewski could perform his new role at Salesforce.com without using Microsoft's extensive confidential information, and Miszewski has already evidenced a clear disregard for both his non-compete obligation and the integrity of Microsoft's confidential materials."

Miszewski and Microsoft has not responded to comment.

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