Band Pro Film and Digital isn’t done with legal action against corporate hacker Michael Bravin and rival camera company ARRI. In a 28-page complaint filed Friday, Band Pro is seeking punitive damages of more than $15K plus costs and further damages of “lost profit and lost goodwill” to “be proven at trial” from its former employee and his subsequent employer ARRI. The filing comes nearly eight months after an agreement saw Bravin plead guilty and be given two months behind bars and ordered to pay $5K plus court costs back to Brand Pro for “unlawfully hacking into Band Pro’s email servers.” Bravin worked at Band Pro from 1995 to 2009, finishing his employment there are as the company’s Chief Technology Officer. In December 2009, Bravin left Band Pro to join ARRI, one of the biggest suppliers of movie equipment globally, as their VP of Market Development for Digital Camera Products. Bravin worked at ARRI until June 2010. In this most recent compliant Band Pro claim that once he was at ARRI, Bravin “accessed and misappropriated thousands of emails from the Band Pro email account(s), including innumerable confidential internal emails regarding Band Pro and its clients’ business plans, pricing, marketing strategies, customer contacts and other competitive information constituting Band Pro trade secrets.” Band Pro alleges that ARRI execs Glenn Kennel and Bill Russell “had firsthand knowledge of Bravin’s hacking.” With its 13 causes of action against Bravin and ARRI, Band Pro contend that not only did the hacking in the email of CEO Amnon Band and others by Bravin give ARRI a competitive advantage but, as it became public knowledge, the breach scuttled the anticipated acquisition of Band Pro by Red Digital Cinema Camera Co. Band Pro also wants the court to order the Defendants to “deliver and destroy all business plans and strategies developed in reliance on information gained” from the hacking. Band Pro is represented by Michael Zweiback of LA’s Nixon Peabody.
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