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Software Firm Sues Former Employees

December 18, 1985

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) _ A computer software design firm has sued two former employees, accusing them of stealing company trade secrets.

Ohis Inc., which makes software for occupational health management, accuses Ronald and Lorraine Fairman of breach of fiduciary obligations, breach of contract, fraud, conspiracy and other charges.

The suit alleges that Fairman copied masters of working software, then returned copies containing glitches, or ″bugs.″ The allegedly flawed versions were later used by Ohis employees for client demonstrations, the suit says.

Fairman was an Ohis vice president of research and development, and his wife was an administrative assistant with access to confidential company files, according to the suit. Fairman was fired Dec. 6, and his wife quit the same day, the suit says.

The Frederick-based company, which filed the suit Friday in Frederick County Circuit Court, has obtained a temporary court order directing the Fairmans to return any allegedly pirated software and any confidential proprietary information they might have, and to identify any persons or firms allegedly given trade secrets.

Fairman on Monday said he wanted to talk to an attorney before commenting on the allegations contained in the suit. The Fairmans have an unlisted telephone number and could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

″It’s rather sad that a company would blame one person for their troubles,″ Fairman said Monday.

The civil action seeks $2.8 million and seeks to prohibit the Fairmans from competing against Ohis during the next year.

A majority stock interest in Ohis recently was purchased by FEDNAV, a shipping firm from Montreal.

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