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The Defend Trade Secrets Act: Significant Recent Changes to Intellectual Property Law May Provide New Avenues for Protecting...

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), marking one of largest changes to intellectual property law since the America Invents Act of 2011. This legislation will allow companies...more

Quirky Question #283: They Stole Our Stuff, Can We Sue?

Question: My company recently terminated an employee, and we are very worried she accessed her email inappropriately in the days before she was fired. The timing of it all is … well, quirky. Here’s what happened: The...more

Unprecedented High Court Decision Orders the Destruction of Confidential Information on the Defendants’ Computers

The High Court in Arthur J. Gallagher Services (UK) Limited and others v Skriptchenkov and others [2016] EWHC 603, granted 11 February a mandatory injunction ordering the inspection and imaging of electronic devices and...more

Right to Privacy in Disciplinary Proceedings

In Garamukanwa v Solent NHS Trust UKEAT/0245/15, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether an employee had a reasonable expectation of privacy in respect of material on his mobile phone during disciplinary...more

New Defend Trade Secrets Act Brings Need to Adjust Employment Contracts, Policies and Handbooks

Trade secret theft, much of it cyber-theft, annually costs American businesses roughly $320 billion, the value of all U.S. exports to Asia each year. The “Defend Trade Secrets Act” became effective Thursday, May 12, 2016. ...more

Settlers and Snitches: Sony Breaks Ranks in Hollywood Wage-Fixing Claims

I previously wrote about two wage-fixing class actions, where some of the largest high-tech and Hollywood companies conspired not to hire one another’s employees to keep wages low. Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe attempted to...more

German Labor Court Allows Review of Employee’s Browsing History

European courts continue to clarify the right of employers to review their employees’ emails. As we discussed previously, the European Court of Human Rights and the National Labor Relations Board of the U.S. have recognized...more

California Appeals Court Provides Guidance on the Use of Electronic Signatures by Employees

In many companies, new employees sign key documents and policies—including arbitration agreements—with the use of electronic signatures. There has been a growing trend in litigation brought by former employees to challenge...more

A Month in UK Employment Law - April 2016

News & Legislation Update - Gender Pay Gap Reporting Draft Regulations published - The first draft of regulations requiring any employer in the UK with at least 250 employees to publish information about the...more

Preparing Your Organization Today to Win Its Future (Possibly Inevitable) Cyber Lawsuit: Making Crown Jewels Out of Paper

One day in the not too distant future, your organization may be fighting to protect its balance sheet against high-stakes claims in a cyber tort trial. Arrayed against you will be the best of the class action plaintiff’s...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: March 2016 #3

Last week, the EEOC announced that it is expanding its use of its electronic charge status system to allow the public “information online and on demand.” The system allows charging parties to check the status of their...more

Adverse Inference Instruction Issued in Light of Newly Amended Rule 37(e) (Florida)

Brown Jordan Int’l v. Carmicle, 2016 WL 815827 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 2, 2016) - In this wrongful termination case, the defendant employee sought the return of his personal laptop from the company plaintiffs, who refused to...more

Federal Court Rejects Employer’s Trade Secret and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Claims

An ex-employee’s former employer sued him for alleged violations of the Kansas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (KUTSA) and the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The first claim was based on the company’s hunch that he...more

Judgment Day Dooms Employer: No New Trial In EEOC Case After Finding Of Failure To Accommodate Anti-Christ Fears

In EEOC v. Consol Energy, Inc., Case No. 13-CV-215 (N. D. W.Va. Feb. 9, 2015), the EEOC brought a religious discrimination suit on behalf of an employee against his coal mining employer defendants, parent company Consol...more

BakerHostetler 2015 Year-End Review of Class Actions

The BakerHostetler 2015 Class Action Year-End Review offers a summary of some of the key developments in class-action litigation during the past year. The 2015 Year-End Review is a joint project of the firm’s Class Action...more

Scalia’s Death Leaves High Court in Limbo on Three Key Consumer Class Actions

While the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia creates an immediate vacancy on the bench, it also likely will leave the high court’s docket in limbo on number of key consumer class actions awaiting the Court’s...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: February 2016 #3

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia dominated the news over the long weekend. Whether you agreed with him or not, Justice Scalia’s impact on employment law was significant. From his scathing dissent in UPS v. Young to his...more

A Relator by Any Other Name Not as Sweet: The Fourth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FCA Suit Based on Facts Learned by Relator’s...

The Fourth Circuit recently held that a relator is prohibited from pursuing a False Claims Act (FCA) claim based on facts learned by relator’s counsel in a previous FCA suit. In United States ex rel. May v. Purdue Pharma...more

May Vermont Apply Its Health Care Database Law to the Third-Party Administrator for a Self-Insured ERISA Plan?

Vermont requires all public and private entities that pay for health care services provided to its residents to supply data to its "all-payer database." The requirements apply to insurers and third-party administrators, among...more

Q&A Concerning IP Protection and Social Media Issues in the Workplace

The explosion of digital and social media enables companies to work more efficiently and to easily and creatively promote their products and services to large audiences across the globe. Modern technological developments in...more

Technology, Guns and the NLRB – Get Ready for 2016

Happy New Year! To help ring in the New Year and pin down last-minute New Year’s resolutions, let’s look at six topics impacting the workplace in 2016...more

‘Cannibal Cop’ Decision Restrains Employers

Second Circuit ruling on data theft creates more inconsistency regarding federal law’s reach. In December, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in U.S. v. Valle interpreted the Computer...more

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy and E-Discovery and Information Management: Second Circuit Draws Line Between Employees and Hackers...

Employers in New York face a heightened hurdle to holding employees legally accountable for theft and other misuse of company data after the Second Circuit’s recent decision in United States v. Valle. The Court has held that...more

ERISA Trumps State Law Claims in Anthem Data Breach

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) preempts state-law claims arising out of Anthem’s data breach in Smilow, et al. v. Anthem Life &...more

The “Cannibal Cop” and Protection of Computerized Data

In an unusual criminal case, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently weighed in on an important question at the intersection of employment law and data security. The decision will likely have implications wherever...more

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