Omaha firm is target of suit alleging computer spying

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Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:00 am

A Des Moines company has sued Greenberg Fruit Co. of Omaha in U.S. District Court in Des Moines, alleging that someone took confidential pricing information from more than 200 customers’ password-protected computer accounts.

Loffredo Gardens Inc. of Des Moines, which competes with Greenberg in distributing fresh produce, said in the lawsuit that its pricing information is a trade secret and each customer has access only to its own pricing information on Loffredo’s website.

An official at Greenberg declined to comment.

The lawsuit said that between January and May, Greenberg or someone acting on Greenberg’s behalf “unlawfully accessed the Loffredo website and the Loffredo customer subpages” and downloaded or printed the pricing information.

Greenberg used the information to gain sales, Loffredo alleged, violating federal and state laws on computer fraud and abuse, unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets.

Loffredo asked the court for damages according to proceeds from sales related to the pricing information, plus punitive damages.

Loffredo also asked the court to order Cox Communications to identify the owners of three Omaha computer addresses it believes were used to gain access to Loffredo’s computer network.

Cox had said it would not disclose the names without a court order. A federal magistrate issued an order for Cox to disclose the computer address owners.

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