Iowa distributor Loffredo Gardens Inc. has filed a federal lawsuit against Omaha, Neb.-based Greenberg Fruit Co., alleging computer fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition.
Greenberg Fruit improperly obtained confidential pricing information in more than 200 customer accounts at Loffredo Gardens from January to June, a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Des Moines claims.
The suit names three Greenberg Fruit employees as defendants: Brent Bielski, chief operating officer and general manager; Kevin Wesely, operations manager; and salesman Damian Grimm. A fourth defendant remains to be identified, according to court records.
A spokesman for the Nebraska distributor declined to comment.
It began when Grimm acquired a Loffredo customer’s password, the suit alleges, and efforts to access more accounts continued in the months afterward. Those efforts included use of computers at two public libraries to minimize the risk of detection, according to the suit.
The lawsuit claims Greenberg Fruit downloaded or printed pricing details — which varied by customer — to compete for the same business.
Loffredo Gardens has requested a jury trial.
Loffredo Gardens obtained a subpoena for Cox Communications Inc. to reveal names linked to three of its IP addresses. Defendant names were added July 24 to a suit originally filed July 5.