Opera Ends $3.4 Million Lawsuit Against Trond Hansen

Posted May 16, 2013

Opera Software has ended a lawsuit against former employee and contractor Trond Werner Hansen.  Opera claimed that Hansen took trade secrets from Opera to their rival Mozilla.  Opera wanted 20 million Norwegian Krone (roughly $3.4 million) in damages.

After the lawsuit was dropped and the dispute between both parties was settled,  Hansen and Opera did not reveal the details.  Both parties are happy that the courts are not getting involved.

?We?ve reached an agreement and both parties are satisfied with that,? stated Opera Software VP of communications Nils Broström.

Between 1999 and 2006, Hansen worked at Opera.  He worked as a consultant for Opera between 2009 and 2010 also.  Hansen was credited for several browser innovations at Opera like tabbed browsing, speed dial, mouse gestures, and integrated search.

As part of the lawsuit, Hansen was forced to return to Norway from the United States.  Hansen has plans to record a music album and open an art gallery in the U.S. soon.