ABB Turbo Systems AG v. TurboUSA, Inc.


(United States Federal Circuit) – In this case, plaintiffs allege that defendants violated state-law torts of misappropriation of trade secrets and engaged in conspiracy to misappropriate trade secrets. Dismissal of the complaint for failure to state a claim on which relief can be granted is reversed and remanded for further proceedings, where: 1) the district court relied on judgments about the merits that go beyond what is authorized at the complaint stage; and 2) plaintiffs’ specific factual allegations of protective measures taken against trade secret misappropriation are enough to survive a motion to dismiss.