Huntsman Packaging Corp. said Wednesday it has settled a lawsuit it filed against Quintec Films Corp. and four former Huntsman employees.

The suit alleged that the former employees, who formed Quintec after leaving Huntsman, made unauthorized use of Huntsman's proprietary information, including Huntsman's stretch film technology.The suit also alleged that one of the former employees "breached provisions of a covenant not to compete."

Ronald G. Moffitt, senior vice president and general counsel of Huntsman Packaging, said Quintec has agreed to initially use only Huntsman-approved formulations to produce its stretch film products and to provide notice of any changes in the formulations to Huntsman until Dec 31, 1999. Quintec also may not contact Huntsman customers and also must pay Huntsman an undisclosed sum of money.

"We are satisfied that the settlement sends a clear message that we will not tolerate the misappropriation or unauthorized use of our trade secrets," said Moffitt.