Former Apple employee denies he leaked trade secrets to media

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.

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