The Clarion-Ledger, 3/4/9

A $1 billion lawsuit in a theft of trade secret case has been put on hold because of the involvement of a Hinds County Circuit judge now under indictment and a former county district attorney.

Eaton Corp. alleges in the lawsuit that former employees, all engineers, stole trade secrets for military contracts from their Jackson company and gave them to their new employer, Frisby Aerospace, a North Carolina competitor.

Alan Perry, one of Frisby’s attorneys, argued today that the lawsuit should be stayed because of former Hinds County District Attorney Ed Peters’ alleged attempt to corrupt the court and that a federal criminal case against the engineers have hampered the defense.

“We have been done wrong and we are asking for justice,” Perry told Hinds County Circuit Judge Swan Yerger.

Peters, a former longtime Hinds District attorney, once was Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter’s boss when DeLaughter was an assistant district attorney in the 1990s.