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July 31, 2014

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Las Vegas company sues ex-business partner, university

LOGAN, Utah — A Las Vegas company is suing Utah State University, accusing the school of conspiring with an outside investor to drive the company out of business.

USU spokesman Tim Vitale says the federal lawsuit filed by GeoMetWatch is baseless.

GeoMetWatch and USU had partnered on a multimillion-dollar project to develop a satellite-based weather system. The company says the relationship soured in 2013 because of financial problems.

According to the lawsuit, the university began arranging secret meetings with investor Alan Hall and sharing GeoMetWatch's trade secrets. GeoMetWatch says USU terminated its contract after Hall formed a weather data company.

The university's Office of Commercial Enterprises, Advanced Weather Systems Foundation and Hall are named as defendants.

Vitale tells the Herald Journal that GeoMetWatch's contract was canceled because the company repeatedly missed deadlines.

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