Court Grants Wal-Mart Gag Order over Security Leaks

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A former Wal-Mart employee who the company said was fired for recording phone calls and intercepting pager messages has been ordered by a judge to stop talking about the giant retailer's security practices and business plans.

Court papers made public yesterday at Bentonville say the gag order was sought by Wal-Mart Stores Incorporated to stop Bruce Gabbard from talking to reporters. The request came after a string of revelations about the retailer's large surveillance operations and its business plans.

Wal-Mart claims Gabbard violated trade secrets law by revealing to reporters confidential information about Wal-Mart security systems and operations and highly confidential information about Wal-Mart's strategic planning. The company's suit seeks unspecified damages.

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