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Bladeroom Grp. Ltd. v. Facebook, Inc.

United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division

January 2, 2018, Decided; January 23, 2018, Filed

Case No. 5:15-cv-01370-EJD

Opinion

ORDER GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT

Re: Dkt. No. 384

I. INTRODUCTION

This litigation over the alleged misappropriation of trade secrets involves a building located in a small city on the northern coast of Sweden and its connection to the largest social networking company in the world.

The small Swedish city is Luleå and the building, succinctly named "LLA2," is a type of warehouse-sized data center used to "house the vast arrays of computer servers that form the backbone of the internet and the high-technology economy." Second Am. Compl., Dkt. No. 107, at ¶ 1.

The company is Defendant Facebook, Inc. Plaintiffs BladeRoom Group Limited ("BRG") and Bripco (UK) Limited ("Bripco")1 allege that Facebook along with Defendants Emerson Electric Co., Emerson Network Power Solutions, Inc. and Liebert Corporation2 purportedly enticed BladeRoom to reveal its collection [*3]  of innovative designs and methods for the construction of a modular data center known as the "Armature" technology with promises of acquisition and partnership, only to then appropriate that technology and incorporate them into LLA2. BladeRoom now asserts claims for trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, and violation of the Unfair Competition Law ("UCL"), California Business and Professions Code § 17200 et seq.

Federal jurisdiction arises pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and 1332, and presently before the court is Facebook's Motion for Summary Judgment. Dkt. No. 384. Plaintiffs oppose. Since the record reveals several material disputes of fact, the majority of Facebook's motion will be denied for the reasons explained below.3

II. LEGAL STANDARD

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2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10905 *; 2018 WL 514923

BLADEROOM GROUP LIMITED, et al., Plaintiffs, v. FACEBOOK, INC., et al., Defendants.

Prior History: BladerRoom Grp. Ltd. v. Facebook, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164602 (N.D. Cal., Dec. 7, 2015)

CORE TERMS

secrets, REDACTED, disclosure, misappropriation, know-how, patent, confidential, acquisition, nonmoving, non-disclosure, tolerance, dimension, discovery, unfair, infringement, restitution, technology, genuine, prong, secrecy