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Cargill draws a blank in damages claim

All charges brought against the dairy nutrition company Progressive Dairy Solutions Inc. by US largest feed manufacturer Cargill, have been dropped by a federal court jury, according to World Dairy Diary.

Cargill claimed $10.2m in damages against three former employees who left the company to form their own dairy nutrition and management consulting business.

The claims sought by Cargill included misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and fraud, all of which were litigated during a three-week trial in the US District Court.

The jury returned a unanimous verdict, rejecting every claim brought by Cargill, and deciding that Cargill's claims against these departing employees was "objectively specious", which was defined by the Court as completely lacking in any evidentiary support.

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