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Ex-ETM Workers Settle Trade-Secret Claim

September 26, 1998|(P.J. Huffstutter)

Two former employees of ETM Entertainment Network have settled their lawsuit accusing the company of misappropriating trade secrets by copying one of their Rolodexes with 7,000 names, officials said Friday. The suit, filed last month in Superior Court in Santa Ana, said the Costa Mesa ticketing firm copied Ralph Dennis Finfrock's Rolodex after he resigned to join a rival firm. Deals of the settlement were not disclosed. Finfrock could not be reached for comment. ETM officials declined to discuss the matter Friday. Finfrock, who resigned in July as president of ETM's international sales, said the filing system contained names and contact information developed over 30 years. Finfrock and his wife, former ETM marketing employee Beverly Kay Finfrock, alleged that the information on the Rolodex qualified as trade secrets.

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