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Motorola sues incoming Nortel head for stealing trade secrets, breach of contract

[JURIST] Motorola [corporate website] has filed a lawsuit against the incoming CEO of Nortel Networks [corporate website], claiming the Canadian telecommunication equipment company's move to hire its former chief operating officer will inevitably result in the use and disclosure of Motorola's trade secrets. Nortel hired Mike Zafirovski [press release] as its president and CEO, effective November 15, after he resigned from Motorola earlier this year. The lawsuit also claims that Zafirovski breached agreements with his former company by accepting employment with Nortel. Motorola, the world's No. 2 maker of mobile phones, is seeking, among other relief, an injunction to enjoin Zafirovski from working at Nortel for two years, from soliciting or hiring Motorola employees, and from utilizing or disclosing Motorola's confidential information. CBC News has more.

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