1. If Bridgestone’s formula for the tire were already known to its competitors, would they have been able to protect it from discovery? Why or why not?
2. Under what circumstances would potential harm of disclosure outweigh the need for the information in a trial using the three-part test?
Mayberry filed a product liability action against Bridgestone alleging that tire tread separation cause a car accident that killed her son. During pretrial discovery, Mayberry sought the formula for the steel belt skim stock on the tire in question. Bridgestone objected to these requests and moved for a court order to prevent disclosure of all trade secrets used to produce the tires, including the skim stock formula.