It appears Pfizer Inc has reached a truce with a former long-time employee it sued two weeks ago for allegedly stealing confidential documents related to its COVID-19 vaccine and other drugs.
Chun Xiao Li, a former associate director of statistics and 15-year Pfizer veteran, will let Pfizer’s lawyers review her computers and online accounts for the drug maker’s confidential information.
Pfizer is expected to complete that review by Dec. 29, when Li must also submit a sworn declaration that she no longer possesses its confidential information or trade secrets.
If all the above conditions are met, Pfizer’s lawsuit in San Diego federal court could end in early January.
Adam Cashman, a lawyer for Li, declined to comment on Tuesday.
Chun Xiao Li is accused of uploading more than 12,000 files without permission from her company-issued laptop as she was preparing to join another company. The files is said to include a “playbook” discussing the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer’s relationship with its German vaccine partner and presentations related to cancer antibodies.
All charges she denies.