CN Rail Alleges Corporate Espionage in Suit Against CP, Ex-Employee
Eric Atkins and Jeff Gray
The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Sep. 21, 2015
An employee of Canadian National Railway Co. shared secret customer information with Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. to help the rival lure clients and win market share, CN says in a lawsuit that sets up a courtroom battle over alleged corporate espionage.
CN alleges it lost revenue and market share to CP after confidential customer contracts, pricing information and the corporate business plan were downloaded by an employee who then quit and accepted a job at CP.
The lawsuit highlights the intense rivalry between the two companies, which between them control almost all of Canada’s rail freight business.