Former Apple employee denies he leaked trade secrets to media

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A former employee of Apple sued for allegedly leaking information to an unnamed publication has responded, denying in a court filing that he disseminated trade secrets in exchange for favorable coverage of a start-up he had invested in.

In March, documents were made public accusing Simon Lancaster, a former materials lead at Apple, of accessing data outside of his job's scope, then selling it on to a media outlet. Lancaster was said in the lawsuit to have "used his seniority" to gain access to trade secrets, which he then allegedly traded for benefits from the publication.

Lancaster's lawyers filed a response to Apple's lawsuit on Monday, denying Apple's allegations against him in the document provided to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division. The response, spotted by Nicholas Ciarelli, denies the vast majority of Apple's claims in its lawsuit.

Throughout, Lancaster denies various claims from Apple, such as accusations he "abused his position and trust within the company, systematically disseminated Apple's trade secret information, or improperly used his seniority to gain access to internal meetings and documents."

He does admit to requesting a reporter publish stories that were favorable to a startup that he had put money into, but denies "that such requests were in exchange for any information discussed with the reporter or had any relationship to Apple confidential information."

Lancaster does, though, admit to speaking to the reporter about "workplace issues he considered to be of public concern," including "alleged corruption within Apple's supply chain and among Apple's supply chain managers."

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