Thom regularly brings up the rise of corporate power and how they are rabidly becoming supercitizens. Yesterday there was a court ruling where Thomas' English Muffins was successfully able to bar an executive from taking a job from a competitor.
"Thomas' English Muffins: On the surface, it doesn't seem that hard to reverse-engineer Thomas' recipe; after all, the famous nooks and crannies are basically the product of flour, water, and yeast, with assorted other well-known ingredients thrown in for flavor and texture. Yet the company takes its trade secrets very seriously, and recently went to court to protect them. In January 2010, Chris Botticella -- one of only seven Thomas' executives who knows the exact combination of dough, humidity and baking technique necessary to reproduce the muffins -- left Thomas' for a new job at competitor (and Wonder Bread manufacturer) Hostess. The case is currently on appeal, and Botticella has been barred from accepting his new job until the case is settled.
See full article from DailyFinance: http://srph.it/d9WTeb"