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The McDonnell Case: Supreme Court Weighs Limiting Bribery Statute

We all suffer from a little myopia. Following FCPA enforcement and compliance issues makes a lot of sense in today’s enforcement environment. However, there is plenty of domestic enforcement of bribery laws – the New York...more

Civil Seizure to Dominate Litigation Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act

With a stroke of the pen, President Obama signed into law the first-ever federal trade secrets regime, opening federal courthouse doors to all trade secrets litigants. While federal subject matter jurisdiction is widely...more

Third Try is a Charm - Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 Enacted Into Law

For the third consecutive year, Congress introduced legislation to create a civil federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. Unlike previous years, the identical Defend Trade Secrets Act (“the DTSA”) was...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act: Federalizing Trade Secret Law

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). The United States House of Representatives voted 410-2 to approve the legislation following the Senate’s earlier unanimous approval of the...more

Protections of the Newly Enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law. This important new legislation creates a federal private civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation in which “[a]n owner of a...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act: Some Practical Considerations

Today President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA or the “Act”), which creates a new federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation effective immediately. The DTSA establishes federal...more

President Obama Signs Defend Trade Secrets Act

This afternoon, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 ("DTSA") into law, creating a new Federal cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. The new law is the most significant expansion of...more

What You Need to Know About Federal Trade Secret Protection

On April 27, 2016, Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which President Obama is expected to promptly sign. The DTSA has been described as the most significant expansion of federal law in intellectual property...more

Congress Passes Landmark IP Legislation: Defend Trade Secrets Act

On April 28 Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), which creates a federal private right of action for trade secret misappropriation. Enactment into law is virtually certain, as President Obama, a long-time...more

President Expected to Sign New Federal Trade Secret Law

After years of debate and multiple versions proposed, withdrawn, revised and debated by both Houses of Congress, legislation that would for the first time federalize trade secrets law is headed to the White House for...more

U.S. Congress Creates Federal Cause of Action for Trade Secret Misappropriation

For the first time in this nation’s history, the U.S. will have a federal trade secrets law that allows private citizens to enforce their trade secrets and sue for damages. On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, the U.S. House of...more

The Trade Secrets Bill Proceeds to the President's Desk

On April 27, the House of Representatives by a 410-2 vote passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which creates a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation, providing trade secrets with a degree of...more

Congress Passes Federal Trade Secrets Law

On April 27, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that will effectively federalize trade secrets law. President Obama, a supporter of the legislation, has indicated he will sign the Bill, which...more

Landmark Trade Secret Law Establishes New Rights and Remedies

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 aims to modernize and strengthen trade secret law. The most significant trade secret reform in decades is about to become law. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) will...more

Wave of Federal Trade Secret Decisions Soon to Hit State Courts

Late yesterday, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing a sweeping new statute that creates a new federal civil cause of action for trade secret theft. The new statute, called the Defense of Trade Secrets...more

What Does the Passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act Mean for Your Business?

Congress passed federal trade secrets legislation today. On April 4, 2016, the Senate passed S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”). Soon after, on April 20, 2016, the House Committee approved S. 1890 by...more

Congress Passes Sweeping New Legislation to Protect Trade Secrets

Late yesterday, in a departure from the partisan gridlock that has gripped Washington, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing a sweeping new statute to protect trade secrets. The legislation, which...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Passes House, Moves to President for Signature

One week after the House Judiciary Committee unanimously reported the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 to the House floor, the full House approved the bill, 410-2. The two no votes were from tea party Republicans, Rep....more

Hutchison v. Shull: Expanding Iowa’s Open Meeting Law (Part 1)

Warren County is governed by a three-member Board of Supervisors. The supervisors asked the Warren County Administrator to assist the Board in their stated goal of improving the efficiency of the county government. To that...more

Tennessee Amends Condominium Lien Law to Clarify Lack of Superpriority Right

On April 19, 2016, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed HB 2401, amending Tennessee’s condominium statue to make it clear that condominium associations cannot acquire a “superpriority” lien that trumps a first security...more

Proposed Legislation Would Set Back Corporations’ Use of Arbitration Clauses

The Restoring Statutory Rights Act of 2016, sponsored by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, was sent to congressional committee on February 4, 2016 for consideration. The bill would place restrictions on companies’ use...more

Legal revolution in France – civil law reforms (or Napoleon’s second coming)

This alert draws attention to the approaching entry into force of the new French civil code. This will be of interest to all parties with French law-governed agreements or that do business in France – especially regarding...more

Patent Troll Watch - States Are Pushing Patent Trolls Away from the Legal Line

Oregon enacts statute to make improper patent license demands a violation of its unlawful trade practices law - In March 2013, Senate Bill 1540 was signed into law by the governor of Oregon. The law makes patent...more

NYC Mulls Bill Requiring Written Independent Contractor Agreements

The New York City Council, long-known for pushing the envelope when it comes to employment legislation, is at it again. The legislature is poised, in the near future, to pass a first-of-its-kind bill that would require...more

New Federal Trade Secret Law is Pro Employee Mobility and Rejects Inevitable Disclosure

Proposed legislation creating a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation is on the fast track to becoming law, as described in James Pooley’s excellent post What You Need to Know About the Amended Defend...more

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