Will the S.D. U.S. Attorney’s pickup Peters/Eaton/DeLaugher investigation where the N.D. left off?

In Eaton vs. Frisby, the aerospace company alleges former engineers stole trade secrets for military contracts and gave them to their new employer, Frisby Aerospace of North Carolina. Eaton is seeking $350 million in a civil suit.

“Ed Peters is expected to testify that he was brought into the case by Eaton, not as counsel of record, but as somebody who could influence DeLaughter,” Greenlee and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Norman said in a document they planned to use if DeLaughter’s case went to trial.

Attorneys for Frisby -now known as Triumph Actuation Systems – maintain rulings from DeLaughter began going in Eaton’s favor after Peters became one of Eaton’s attorneys.

Eaton officials called the document reckless.

“There are a lot of false statements in here,” said Don McGrath, senior vice president of communications for Eaton, said of the document. “In no way did we ask Ed Peters to imply or ask or insinuate that he would do anything improper in trying to influence Judge DeLaughter or any other judge.”

The prosecutors allege that DeLaughter went against Dunbar’s recommendation to sanction Eaton for failing to disclose its use of a paid whistle-blower in the case.

“Peters is expected to testify that he recommended to Judge DeLaughter that the court remove Jack Dunbar and find another special master. Ed Peters even took it upon himself to call another attorney to inquire about his availability for appointment as a special master in the case but called back to ask that his name not be mentioned.”

Jerry Mitchell