NOKIA, Finland — A district court in Finland has sentenced 10 former Nokian Tyres P.L.C. employees charged with "violation and abuse" of the company's "secrets," in what has been described by the Finnish tire maker as the "largest business secrecy case that Finland has seen."
In an Aug. 31 statement, Nokian said the former employees were now working for another Finland-based company, Black Donuts Engineering Oy, which offers tire consulting services.
According to the statement, the district court of Pirkanmaa, Finland, convicted all defendants, which included four companies and 10 individuals, with eight individuals sentenced to conditional imprisonment of 6-18 months and two fined.
The managing director and two other executives from Black Donuts Engineering were sentenced to business prohibitions of three to five years in addition to imprisonment, Nokian added.
The 10 individuals had resigned from Nokian between 2010 and 2011.