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LG Chem again seeks sanctions against SK Innovation for spoiling evidence

All News 16:09 September 02, 2020

SEOUL, Sept. 2 (Yonhap) -- LG Chem Ltd. has filed a motion with a U.S. trade panel, seeking the issuance of an order sanctioning its rival SK Innovation Co. ahead of a crucial verdict over their electric vehicle (EV) battery patent case.

LG Chem claimed that SK Innovation destroyed "highly relevant evidence" after its litigation against SK Innovation began.

In April last year, LG Chem filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission that SK Innovation misappropriated LG Chem's EV battery trade secrets.

This image, captured from the U.S. International Trade Commission's website. shows LG Chem's motion against SK Innovation. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

On Friday, LG Chem said in a motion filed with the U.S. panel that SK Innovation's "spoliation was targeted to the destruction of relevant LG Chem information" in SK Innovation's possession.

LG Chem also said SK Innovation employees were repeatedly instructed to "delete every material related to the rival company ... and delete this email after completing this directive."

LG Chem and SK Innovation have been at loggerheads over EV battery-related trade secrets since last year, filing multiple lawsuits in the United States and South Korea.

This image, captured from the U.S. International Trade Commission's website, shows LG Chem's motion against SK Innovation. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE)(Yonhap)

LG Chem has said that it can settle the dispute with SK Innovation over their EV battery trade secret case in the U.S. if SK Innovation offers a "reasonable level" of compensation on an objective basis.

In February, the U.S. International Trade Commission made a preliminary ruling in favor of LG Chem's argument that SK Innovation had misappropriated and used its EV battery trade secrets.

The U.S. trade panel is set to give its final ruling on the case in October.

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