Apple is suing a former contractor who allegedly posted drawings on the internet of some of the company's computers before the products were announced.
According to the Dow Jones news service, the company has filed a civil complaint against one Jose Lopez.
The complaint says that Lopez, who was employed as a contractor since 2001, misappropriated trade secrets.
Lopez posted drawings, images and engineering details of the company's Power Mac G4 computers on the internet in July, several weeks before the product was formally announced, Apple said.
Last week, the district attorney filed a criminal complaint against Lopez for allegedly stealing Apple's trade secrets, and issued a warrant for his arrest.
In 2000, Apple sued a former worker, Juan Gutierrez, for posting pictures on several websites of upcoming Apple products, but reached a settlement.
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