Jawbone expands its complaint against Fitbit following recent revelations
Fitbit Inc was already in trouble for taking part in corporate espionage against its rival, Jawbone, and now a complaint has been filed against the company, which explains how it poached Jawbone’s employees. Additionally, those who left Jawbone stole confidential information. Considering how valuable these secrets and plans were, it comes as no surprise that Jawbone is ramping up legal proceedings.
This move also comes at a time when Fitbit had already announced that it would be going public, and also after forensics revealed that the issue was even more complicated than originally thought of. Apparently, a former employee of Jawbone, who joined Fitbit, emailed important details and plans which laid out Jawbone’s strategies for the future.
That being said, the expanded lawsuit provides further details on what actually happened and how there was more at stake for Jawbone than being discussed.
Originally, Jawbone thought that 18.000 important files were stolen, but after an in-depth analysis, it was concluded that a staggering 335,191 files were actually found to be missing.
The stolen information contained sensitive data like prices and schematics. Jawbone even explained how Fitbit’s latest gadget, Alta, had in fact incorporated several of its own concepts.
On the other hand, Fitbit is adamant in proving its innocence. The company explained how it had already confirmed the existence of said files back in December last year. Furthermore, it also stated that the additional files did nothing more than confirm what the company had already known for quite some time.
All in all, regardless of how it might be right or wrong, this case is nothing short of a fiasco. Even if Fitbit was right all along, its reputation did take a hit. But then again, the fact that it has sold more than 10 million wearable devices proves that its target audience may not really care.