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May 12, 2015

Yahoo Sues Ex-Employee for Leaking Confidential Info to Press

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Yahoo is suing a former executive for allegedly sharing confidential information about the search engine firm with a reporter who was writing a book about the company and CEO Marissa Mayer.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: CEO of Yahoo! Marissa Mayer (L) and Zachary Bogue attend the Yahoo News/ABCNews Pre-White House Correspondents' dinner reception pre-party at Washington Hilton on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Yahoo News)

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 03: CEO of Yahoo! Marissa Mayer (L) and Zachary Bogue attend the Yahoo News/ABCNews Pre-White House Correspondents’ dinner reception pre-party at Washington Hilton on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Yahoo News)

Yahoo claims in a lawsuit that former senior director Cecile Lal violated her confidentiality agreements with the company by allegedly divulging information she learned during “FYI” meetings with Mayer to reporter Nicholas Carlson for his book Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo, Bloomberg is reporting.

The lawsuit also accuses Lal of supplying Carlson with archived documents and her credentials for an internal website.

“Indeed, Lal was eager to divulge Yahoo’s secrets, even telling Carlson in response to a specific request that ‘[i]fyou know the date of FYI exactly or other topics discussed on that day, it will help [in] finding’ the information he sought,” Yahoo’s lawyers were quoted by Bloomberg.

The lawsuit, which was filed last week in state court in San Jose, Calif., claims Carlson’s book caused “unnecessary distraction within Yahoo’s workforce” and “damaged the integrity of the FYI and Q&A processes” at the company.

The complaint goes on to say that Lal’s alleged confidentiality violation has damaged “the trust on which Yahoo relies in providing its employees with the greatest level of information Yahoo has ever shared with its workforce.”

The novel, Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo, portrays Mayer as a good leader, for the most part, but also talks about the numerous difficulties she must face to achieve the turnaround she has been promising investors.


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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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