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Tampa Bay rejects National Fish request for details on communications with Whole Foods, High Liner

NFS said the communications would reveal trade secrets.

Tampa Bay Fisheries has objected to frozen value-added seafood producer National Fish & Seafood's (NFS) requests for information on communications with Whole Foods and High Liner calling the requests overly broad in time and scope for a lawsuit over a former NFS employee accused of stealing trade secrets.

NFS filed a complaint Oct. 17 with a US District Court in Massachusetts countering Tampa Bay Fisheries' statement that sharing "all communications" between Tampa Bay and Whole Foods Market regarding NFS would disclose trade secrets not essential to the lawsuit.

NFS is also requesting that it have access to "all communications between Tampa Bay and any NFS Competitor in 2018 regarding NFS," which Tampa Bay has also declined to provide, stating they are not relevant to the case.

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NFS filed a complaint with the United States District Court of Massachusetts July 20, alleging former employee Kathleen Scanlon "unlawfully acquired NFS’ confidential information and trade secrets," which included "taking video and photographic recordings of NFS’ confidential and proprietary clam production process," the day before she resigned.

Part of the July 20 complaint states the defendants "engaged in a common plan to use NFS’ confidential information and trade secrets to unlawfully compete with NFS and to interfere with NFS’ current and future business relationships with its various customers, including Whole Foods and High Liner Foods."

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According to NFS, its Matlaw’s Stuffed Clams are one of the top-selling seafood products in the United States and can be found in major retailers across the United States, including Publix, and, more recently, Whole Foods Market.

Tampa Bay has denied the allegations, and in previous court filings called NFS' allegations a "fish tale."

Tampa Bay has described the trade secrets NFS has sued Scanlon over sending to her new employer as "three useless, nondescript documents," that Tampa Bay said were returned to NFS.

NFS is asking the court to set a trial date for Nov. 26 for the case.

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