Pfizer is suing one of its employees after he allegedly stole thousands of company files with the intention of doing a job with a competitor, including some files containing information about a COVID-19 vaccine.
one in Grievance Filed in San Diego federal court on Tuesday, Pfizer alleged that its statistics director Chun Xiao Li uploaded more than 12,000 files to his personal devices from a company-issued laptop without permission.
Pfizer said it believes Lee was offered a job at one of its rivals, Gencor Inc., a biopharmaceutical company.
Pfizer claims that Lee still has a laptop containing documents “potentially related to several Pfizer vaccines, drugs, and other innovations,” with the complaint focusing exclusively on information that allegedly COVID-19 is related to vaccine and monoclonal antibodies.
The drug company claimed that Lee tried to mislead him by providing a “decoy” laptop when they told him about the issue.
A US district judge on Tuesday ordered a temporary block, barring Lee from using any of Pfizer’s trade secrets. According to Reuters.
Lee did not respond to Reuters’ request for comment.