It's an eyewatering sum, and came in a verdict received from a jury in the Circuit Court for Fairfax County, Virginia following a seven-week trial. Ap

Appian awarded over $2b after claiming Pegasystems stole its data

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2022-05-14 19:00:08

It's an eyewatering sum, and came in a verdict received from a jury in the Circuit Court for Fairfax County, Virginia following a seven-week trial.

Appian is all about building apps and workflows rapidly with its low-code platform. The Pega platform is similarly concerned with speedy software building with a low-code approach. However, it appears that one party was a bit too interested in the other, resulting in a violation of the Virginia Computer Crimes Act and a misappropriation of Appian's trade secrets.

According to a Pegasystems Form 8-K filing with the SEC, Appian was awarded one dollar for the Computer Crimes Act violation. For the trade secrets claim, $2.04 billion was awarded, along with Appian's attorney fees.

The case concerned the hiring of an employee of a government contractor by Pegasystems, Appian alleged, "to provide Pegasystems with access to Appian's software as a part of an effort to learn how to better compete against Appian." The engagement of the employee (Youyong Zou), according to Pegasystems' 8-K, was between 2012 and 2014. The lawsuit was filed on May 29, 2020.

This individual, according to Appian, passed on secret information while working as a developer of its software under a government contract. This violated both the government contractor's code of conduct and an agreement not to provide access to an Appian competitor.

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