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ATLANTA - The Procter & Gamble Co. has filed a suit against Georgia-Pacific Corp. to protect its trade secrets in the manufacturing technology used to make Bounty towels and Charmin bath tissue, the Atlanta Business Journal reports. Georgia-Pacific Corp. on Thursday dismissed the lawsuit as groundless.
Georgia-Pacific hired a key technical expert from P&G in July 2002. The complaint alleges that the former P&G employee has substantial knowledge of company trade secrets and confidential information relating to P&G's Through-Air-Drying (TAD) paper-making technology and processes. P&G claims that the information will directly benefit Georgia-Pacific in their new TAD paper-making operations.
P&G also alleged that the former employee is doing work at Georgia-Pacific that is virtually identical to the work he did at P&G.
Georgia-Pacific said the lawsuit "has no basis in fact" and said that it has taken "all appropriate steps to ensure this employee does not reveal any Procter & Gamble
trade secrets." The company said it will review Procter & Gamble's complaint.