Pfiz­er drops case against ex-staffer ac­cused of steal­ing trade se­crets — in­clud­ing de­tails about Covid-19 vac­cine

Just three months af­ter fil­ing a law­suit ac­cus­ing a for­mer staffer of steal­ing trade se­crets — in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to its BioN­Tech-part­nered Covid-19 vac­cine — Pfiz­er is drop­ping the case.

The phar­ma gi­ant and the ex-em­ploy­ee in­volved, Chun Xi­ao (Sher­ry) Li, filed a joint mo­tion to dis­miss the case, al­though court fil­ings didn’t re­veal the rea­son for it.

Li, a for­mer as­so­ciate di­rec­tor of clin­i­cal sta­tis­tics at Pfiz­er who was set to start a new job at Xen­cor, al­leged­ly up­loaded over 12,000 files from her Pfiz­er-is­sued lap­top to a per­son­al ac­count and, when con­front­ed about it, mis­led the com­pa­ny about her ac­tions, ac­cord­ing to the com­pa­ny’s ini­tial com­plaint.

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