SunOpta, Abengoa technologydispute enters arbitration

By | May 09, 2008
A federal judge has sent SunOpta Inc. and Abengoa Bioenergy to arbitration to settle grievances over allegedly pirated technology. Canada-based SunOpta sued Spanish ethanol giant Abengoa Bioenergy, accusing the defendant of appropriating SunOpta's biomass-to-ethanol trade secrets without compensation. Abengoa denied using the technology and accused SunOpta of trying to coerce settlement of residual, contractual disputes by filing the suit in January. The case has been stayed while the arbitration proceedings try to settle the matter.