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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 42: Taking of trade secrets

Section 42. Whoever embezzles, steals or unlawfully takes, carries away, conceals, or copies, or by fraud or by deception obtains, from any person or corporation, with intent to convert to his own use, any trade secret, regardless of value, shall be liable in tort to such person or corporation for all damages resulting therefrom. Whether or not the case is tried by a jury, the court, in its discretion, may increase the damages up to double the amount found. The term ''trade secret'' as used in this section shall have the same meaning as is set forth in section thirty of chapter two hundred and sixty-six.