On Monday, April 9, Facebook settled a trade secrets case brought against it in California federal court by BladeRoom Group Limited.
BladeRoom, a data center construction company, alleged that Facebook had used and divulged its trade secrets, specifically its methodology regarding efficient construction and implementation of pre‑fabricated data centers. BladeRoom had first presented to the social network giant in confidential discussions in 2011. BladeRoom sought damages in excess of $300 million.
After voluminous discovery and a week of trial, the parties settled the case, although BladeRoom’s case against another defendant based on similar allegations is still proceeding.
The settlement amount and terms were not immediately disclosed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, where the case was being tried.