Recent decisions by the California Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the California Court of Appeal demonstrate that California courts will scrutinize and find unconscionable employee arbitration...more
In a case whose facts plainly compelled the outcome, California’s Fourth Appellate District held on October 15, 2013 in Angelica Textile Services, Inc. v. Jaye Park, No. D062405 that a claim for trade secret misappropriation...more
Providing further clarity for the enforceability of arbitration agreements in employment contracts, California’s First District Court of Appeal upheld a boilerplate arbitration clause in Peng v. First Republic Bank, No....more
Two recent decisions emphasize yet again the value of defining and taking steps to protect a company’s trade secrets.
On May 16, 2013, Judge England issued a preliminary injunction in Farmers Insurance Exchange v....more
On April 17, 2013, the Ninth Circuit issued an important anti-SLAPP decision in Makaeff v. Trump University, LLC, No. 11-55016 that raises the bar for parties seeking to defeat a California anti-SLAPP motion in District...more
On December 28, 2012, the President signed the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act of 2012, which significantly expands trade secret protection by extending criminal penalties to the theft of a wider class of trade...more
Businesses choose contractual arbitration for many practical reasons: it’s seen as a cheaper, faster and more confidential alternative to traditional litigation, and it avoids the emotions of a jury. Arbitration, of course,...more