A Tremendous White Collar Victory in Eli Lilly Trade Secrets Case

By: Sara Kropf

A few months ago, I wrote about a trade secrets case in Indianapolis. It looked like the case was going well for the defense. As any trial lawyer knows, momentum is key.

Momentum just swung in the biggest way for the defense. The government filed—and the judge granted—a motion to dismiss all charges.

You read that right. All charges. Every last damn one of them.

The motion is short and sweet:

The government, upon its on-going evaluation and assessment of this case, moves to dismiss the Second Superseding Indictment as to both defendants in the interests of justice. The victim in this case has been notified of the government’s intention to move to dismiss all charges against both defendants. The defendants have no objection.

In the interests of justice. That’s a phrase that gets thrown around so much that it is sometimes hard to remember that it means something.


Congratulations to the defense and to Mr. Cao and Mr. Li. I don’t congratulate prosecutors too much but it is gratifying to see a few drop a case if it’s not a good one. (Of course, I’m sure the defendants would have preferred to avoid the indictment in the first place.)

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