Law firm Proskauer sues ex-COO, claiming data theft (UPDATED)

Reuters reports:

U.S. law firm Proskauer Rose on Tuesday sued its former chief operating officer, alleging he stole a trove of confidential information about the firm’s finances, lawyer compensation and clients before leaving his job there this month.

The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court, claims Jonathan O’Brien deceived Proskauer staff members into allowing him to copy sensitive internal documents to USB files and then wrongfully deleted thousands of emails before giving notice that he was leaving.

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As this was just filed this week, the defendant has yet to provide a response to the complaint.

Update of January 12: 

Proskauer Rose’s former chief operating officer asked a federal judge on Wednesday to reject claims that he stole the law firm’s trade secrets, accusing Proskauer of filing a “vindictive” and “baseless” lawsuit to deter others from quitting the firm.

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