Pfizer sues employee for stealing confidential documents about covid-19 vaccine – National

Pfizer Inc has sued a longtime employee for stealing “amounts” of confidential documents, including some related to its covid-19 vaccine, as she prepared to jump to a competitor.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in San Diego federal court, Pfizer said Chun Xiao Li violated her privacy agreement by uploading more than 12,000 unauthorized files to her personal accounts and devices from her company-released laptop.

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The alleged material includes a “game book” on September 24 which contains internal assessments and recommendations on Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer’s relationship with its German vaccine partner and presentations related to cancer antibodies.

Pfizer said Li’s deputy chief of staff repeatedly tried to hide her clues, even providing a “lured” laptop to trick her into believing what she was doing with the files.

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Li “has misled Pfizer about what she took, how she took it, when and why she did it, and where these files (and possibly others) can be found,” said the New York-based drugmaker.

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Pfizer said Li’s resign after 15 years at the company, and appears to have an offer to join Xencor Inc, a California-based company focusing on treatments for cancer and autoimmune diseases, on November 29.

Li could not be immediately reached for comment via his LinkedIn account. Xencor is not responding to the lawsuit and declined to comment.

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Pfizer said competitors have been trying to recruit their employees “relentlessly, especially in 2021.”

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In an order late Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo Li temporarily blocked from using Pfizer’s trade secrets, saying the company’s lawyers can review accounts and units where she may have stored them.

The judge scheduled a hearing on December 9 to consider a longer injunction.

Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Additional reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; Edited by Leslie Adler


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