The week’s assignment concerns briefing a case from the readings. You can pick any case from the readings. You must pick an actual court case and give the citation. The brief should concern a legal case that is relevant to the following Week 4, Contracts and Property Law, objectives.
Brief the case. Use the IRAC methodology. Discuss the:
- I: Issue
- R: Rule
- A: Analysis
- C: Conclusion
The brief is followed by discussion of whether your team agrees or disagrees with the court opinion.
The paper is a minimum 1000 words in length
Ethics Coca-Cola Employee Tries to Sell Trade Secrets to Pepsi-Cola
“What if you knew the markets Coca-Cola was going to move into and out of and beat them to the punch.”
—Letter to PepsiCo
PepsiCo received a letter sent to the company by an employee of Coca-Cola Company that offered to sell PepsiCo trade secrets of Coca-Cola. The letter stated, “What if you knew the markets Coca-Cola was going to move into and out of and beat them to the punch.” The letter proposed selling trade secrets regarding a proposed Coke product code-named Project Lancelot for $1.5 million.
PepsiCo notified Coca-Cola officials and federal authorities. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) initiated an investigation into the matter. The federal government brought criminal charges against Coca-Cola secretary Joya Williams. During trial, prosecutors produced the letter as well as a video-recording of Williams putting confidential documents and samples of Coke products that were still in development into her bag.
Williams was convicted by a federal jury of conspiring to steal Coca-Cola trade secrets and attempting to sell them to archrival PepsiCo. The trial court judge sentenced Williams to 8 years in jail. The U.S. court of appeals upheld the decision. Two other co-conspirators were arrested and pled guilty. United States v. Williams, 526 F.3d 1312, 2008 U.S. App. Lexis 6073 (United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2008)