Lauren Bradley

Lauren Bradley

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Purchasing Credit Monitoring May Not Protect Companies from Data Breach Class Actions

2014 set a record for data incidents, with nearly 30% of the 783 data incidents reported by companies caused by hacking. At least 97 incidents are reported to have occurred from hacking during 2015, affecting approximately 7...more

7/30/2015 - Case Consolidation Class Action Commonality Cybersecurity Data Breach Debit and Credit Card Transactions Neiman Marcus Popular Predominance Requirement Retailers Standing

Early Dismissal of Trade Secret Lawsuit May Help Defeat Claim for Attorney’s Fees

A lawsuit asserting intellectual property claims and violations of a non-competition and non-solicitation agreement played a dominant role in the second season of HBO’s comedy “Silicon Valley.” Throughout the season, it was...more

7/22/2015 - Attorney's Fees Dismissals IP Litigation Motion for Sanctions Non-Compete Agreements Non-Solicitation Agreements Trade Secrets

Protecting Your Business in the Innovation Economy

The recent 12th Annual State of the Research Triangle Region event highlighted the innovation economy in North Carolina and particularly the Research Triangle area as a “smart region.”...more

6/29/2015 - Economic Development Innovation Job Creation

NC Business Court Signals Close Scrutiny of Trade Secret Claims

It is black-letter law that a plaintiff must identify its trade secrets “with sufficient particularity so as to enable a defendant to delineate that which he is accused of misappropriating.” Analog Devices, Inc. v....more

12/19/2014 - Business Litigation Misappropriation Trade Secrets

Can the Judge Rewrite Your Non-Compete?

North Carolina has long followed the “strict blue-pencil doctrine,” meaning that the court has two options when faced with an overly broad non-competition agreement: - Strike the unreasonable portion of the non-compete if...more

8/14/2014 - Non-Compete Agreements Restrictive Covenants

Will the Cybersecurity Framework Create a New Standard Operating Procedure for Businesses?

On February 12, 2013, President Barack Obama issued Executive Order 13636 (EO 13636) entitled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.”EO 13636 noted the importance of cybersecurity for the nation’s security and...more

5/22/2014 - Compliance Critical Infrastructure Sectors Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework Data Protection Executive Orders NIST

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