Less than two weeks after Indian outsourcing giant Tata Consultancy Services got hit with a $940 million jury verdict, U.S. District Court Judge William Conley of the Western District of Wisconsin has now entered a world-wide permanent injunction against Tata. The jury award and injunctive relief are due to the Court and jury finding that Tata misappropriated trade secrets belonging to a Wisconsin-based competitor, Epic Systems. We reported on the jury verdict here.
The injunction prohibits Tata from using Epic’s trade secrets and confidential information anywhere in the world for a period of four years. The injunction also prohibits any Tata employee who had access to such information to work on the development of certain related products over that time period, world-wide. The Court will also appoint an independent expert to monitor Tata’s development activities for a period of two years to ensure that it does violate the terms of the injunction.
Tata, which did not oppose the entry of an injunction, did argue that the monitor was not necessary given the scant evidence of actual use of the trade secrets at trial. As we previously reported, this lack of evidence may put the damages award on shaky grounds. This battle is far from over.