'Muffin Man' Can't Work For Rival Just Yet

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A judge in Philadelphia says an executive who knows the secrets behind the "nooks and crannies" of Thomas' English muffins can't start a job with rival baker Hostess. The judge ruled the executive must wait until a lawsuit is settled.


Our last word in business today: Stop the muffin man.

The company that owns Thomas' English muffins is trying to stop one of its top executives from jumping to another baker. That executive is apparently one of seven people in the world who knows all three secrets needed to get those nooks and crannies into Thomas' English muffins.

The muffins bring in half a billion dollars a year. The parent company doesnt want its valuable trade secrets in the hands of another company. Yesterday, a judge ruled the muffin executive cannot start his new job until the lawsuit is settled.

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