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Fitbit Employees Charged

Six current and former employees of fitness tracker maker Fitbit have been charged with possessing trade secrets stolen from rival company Jawbone.

Prosecutors allege the employees received the stolen secrets after leaving Jawbone and knew they were not supposed to have them.

Friction between the two companies is long running, with three lawsuits having been filed by Jawbone in 2015. In the same year a judge ordered five Fitbit employees to return information they had taken from Jawbone before leaving jobs there.

In the latest case the former employees had all worked for Jawbone for at least a year between May 2011 and April 2015, before moving to Fitbit. They are scheduled to appear in court on July 9.

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