SunPower Corp. has filed a complaint in a California court alleging that five former SunPower employees - now working at SolarCity - copied large amounts of confidential information from SunPower's servers, in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the company's internal policies.
According to SunPower's complaint, which was first reported in the San Jose Mercury News, the ex-employees - Tom Leyden, Matt Giannini, Dan Leary, Felix Aguayo and Alice Cathcart - transferred
tens of thousands of computer files onto personal USB devices just before leaving SunPower for SolarCity. The confidential and proprietary information includes sales quotes, contracts, market
analysis, account information and other sales-related data.
Leyden is additionally accused of copying "highly confidential data" from a SunPower database related to more than $100 million in sales. By accessing this information, which included the name of the SunPower employee responsible for the sales, Leyden was able to recruit three of the other named individuals to join him at SolarCity, according to the complaint.
SunPower says the five individuals are continuing to unlawfully use the information in their new SolarCity jobs. The suit also names SolarCity as a defendant.
Neither company has issued an official announcement regarding the suit.