Nos. 00-2972, 00-3021.

259 F.3d 587 (2001)

Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company, Plaintiff-Appellee, Cross-Appellant, v. Ronald Pribyl, James Harvey, Thomas Skrtic, and Accu-Tech Plastics, Incorporated, Defendants-Appellants, Cross-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided July 25, 2001.

Rehearing Denied August 20, 2001.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Jon G. Furlow, Michael, Best & Friedrich, Madison, WI, Richard C. Godfrey (argued), Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, IL, for plaintiff-appellant, 3M.

Barry A. Gomberg, Gomberg & Associates, Chicago, IL, Eric Schnapper, University of Washington Law School, Seattle, WA, for plaintiff-appellant, Shanoff.

Frederick J. Sperling, Sondra A. Hemeryck (argued), Schiff, Hardin & Waite, Chicago, IL, for defendant-appellee, Pribyl, Harvey, Skrtic, Accu-Tech Plastics.

Mary E. Welsh (argued), Office of the Attorney General, Chicago, IL, for defendant-appellee, State of IL.

Before FLAUM, Chief Judge, and BAUER and EVANS, Circuit Judges.

FLAUM, Chief Judge.

The Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company ("3M") produces and markets a product known as carrier tape. When the company discovered that three of its employees had formed Accu-Tech Plastics ("Accu-Tech") to manufacture and market resin sheeting, the essential component of carrier tape, 3M brought suit. After dismissing certain 3M claims pursuant to Accu-Tech's summary judgment motion, the case proceeded to trial. The jury ultimately determined...

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