Installation view of Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Workshop at Lehmann Maupin, New York. Photo: Matthew Herrmann.

Lehmann Maupin Settles Lawsuit with Former Employee Accused of Stealing Trade Secrets

More than six months after Lehmann Maupin sued its former director Bona Yoo over the alleged theft of trade secrets, both parties have reached an agreement, and the lawsuit, which was filed in New York’s Southern District Court, has been dismissed, Artnet reports. According to a court document, the dispute was resolved “without costs or attorney’s fees to any party.”

Lehmann Maupin pursued legal action in November 2018 after Yoo, who worked at the gallery from March 2015 to October 2018, allegedly “copied valuable trade secrets” in its computer systems and “maliciously corrupted” and deleted important information from its database. Shortly after, she joined the staff of Lévy Gorvy gallery.

Yoo responded with a countersuit in February, claiming that she deleted select personal files to protect the privacy of her clients who would not want their information remaining at Lehmann Maupin once she had departed. She argued that Lehmann Maupin did not own the data and that she brought many of the clients to the gallery.

According to available court papers, the conflict was settled after the parties involved “engaged in productive discussions.” They filed for voluntary dismissal of the case on June 7, and it was officially dismissed with prejudice on June 10, meaning that it cannot be taken back up by the court.