Apple has filed yet another lawsuit against a Mac-related Web site it says has leaked trade secrets. This time rumor site Think Secret is in Apple’s crosshairs. The company filed suit against Think Secret and “other unnamed individuals,” according to a report posted on
Filed Tuesday in the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, Calif., the suit seeks to identify who leaked the information and asks for an injunction preventing Think Secret from releasing further trade secrets, according to the report. It also lists specific Think Secret articles that Apple says disclosed confidential information, including references to a “G4-based iMac without display” and details about a new suite of office software referred to as iWork as well as an as-yet unrevealed update to Apple’s iLife application suite.
Apple accuses Think Secret of soliciting “information about unreleased Apple products” from “unnamed individuals” who it says stole Apple’s trade secrets and violated their confidentiality agreements. “Tortuous interference” is the phrase Apple uses to describe Think Secret’s actions — a legal term used to describe when one party interferes with another’s contractual rights in a way that causes damage. Disclosing such news ahead of a product announcement diminishes interest from the mainstream and trade media, according to Apple.