If Huey Shen Wu, a U.S. research scientist who stole corporate secrets from his ex-employer, is operating true to form, he fled to China before Delaware’s Court of Chancery, in an unprecedented move, issued what amounts to a warrant for his arrest.
Or he may still be hanging around, in Newark, Del., his last known residence, or in California, where he is believed to have family. For all anyone knows, Dr. Wu could be in Biscayne Bay, where, as Steely Dan once noted, the Cuban gentlemen sleep all day.
“It is unprecedented for the Court of Chancery to have to go to these lengths to enforce its orders,” said Martin Lessner, one of the lawyers pursuing Mr. Wu on behalf of high-tech fabric developer W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. “It just doesn’t come up.”
Two lawyers who have represented Dr. Wu in the last leg of his ten-year run from the corporate law didn’t respond to invitations to comment on the incarceration order signed last week by Vice Chancellor Donald Parsons, a long-time member of a tribunal considered one of the nation’s premier business courts. One lawyer said his firm had joined the string of firms that no longer represent Dr. Wu. Dr. Wu could not be reached for comment.