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HEAL Advisory: Whistleblowers Rewarded Again by SEC and the Judiciary

On August 29, 2014, two whistleblower developments of particular interest to health care and life science entities emerged from the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals,...more

Brown v. Tellermate: Cloud-based Data and E-discovery

According to PC Magazine, “[i]n the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive.” Cloud-based computing has become a very popular tool...more

Court Was Wrong to Re-Write Covenants

In Prophet v Huggett [2014] ECWA Civ 1013, the Court of Appeal has overturned a recent decision of the High Court in which it had re-written a non-compete covenant to give it commercial effect. You may recall that we...more

Employer Must Defend Against A Wrongful Death Lawsuit For Not Monitoring Employee Computer Use

An Illinois Appellate Court recently held that an employer must defend against a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that it was negligent in failing to investigate death threats that its employee had emailed to his family from...more

Capital Thinking: Health Care

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - On Monday, July 28, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health will hold a markup to consider two bills: H.R. ____, a bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human...more

White Collar Watch - July 2014

In This Issue: - Move over Big Pharma: Health care is not the only industry susceptible to False Claims Act scrutiny - Third Circuit affirms dismissal of False Claims Act suit, citing contract...more

False claims by any other name: Medtronic and Omnicare cases illustrate the interplay between the False Claims Act and other...

- Government allegations of Medtronic’s alleged incentives to physicians for prescribing its medical devices lead company, while denying wrongdoing, to settle False Claims Act suit predicated on Anti-Kickback...more

Appointment of a Data Protection Officer in Germany: You Wanna Avoid Trouble? Then Make Sure You Appoint the Right Person!

Data protection law is on the rise. Courts as well as local authorities become increasingly sensitive to the misuse of any individual’s personal data that applicable statutory provisions in Germany, such as the Federal Data...more

LAG Schleswig-Holstein: Kündigung wegen ausschweifender Internetnutzung trotz 21 Jahren im Betrieb ohne Abmahnung möglich

Einem Arbeitnehmer, der ohne Erlaubnis während der Arbeitszeit den vom Arbeitgeber zur Verfügung gestellten Computer exzessiv für privates ‘Surfen nutzt, kann auch ohne Abmahnung gekündigt werden. Dem stand in einer aktuellen...more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FCA Complaint Based on First-to-File Bar

The First Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of United States ex rel. Wilson v. Bristol-Myers Squibb, Inc. under the False Claims Act’s (“FCA”) “first-to-file” provision, which prohibits any person “other than the...more

Trade Secrets: Made for TV--Former director owes royalty for stealing source code

Acrimony, anger, revenge, piracy, and a legal battle—these are often the ingredients of a prime-time television drama. But in this case, they are not the makings of a plot found on cable, Netflix, or DVD. Instead, they are...more

Tech Titans Settle Wage Antitrust Case

As often happens in the vicinity of courthouse steps, the high-profile Silicon Valley hiring antitrust class-action lawsuit has settled, pending court approval. In re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation originally pitted...more

Federal Court Ruling in Pa. Narrows Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

A Pennsylvania federal magistrate judge has tossed an employer’s claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), holding that the CFAA does not extend to punish employees for the misuse of information that was accessed...more

Take 5 Newsletter: 5 Employment Law Considerations in "The Cloud"

What is "the cloud," and what on Earth (pun intended) does cloud computing have to do with employment law? While many definitions abound, cloud computing at its core is a form of remote electronic data storage,...more

USPTO Issues Guidance for Analyzing Subject Matter Eligibility of Claims Reciting Laws of Nature/Natural Principles, Natural...

Earlier today, in a memorandum issued to the Patent Examining Corps by Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy Andrew Hirshfeld, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office implemented a new procedure for determining the...more

Federal Appeals Court Rejects False Claims Act Suit Based on Drug Packaging cGMP Violations

Last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act (“FCA”) case brought against Omnicare. United States ex rel. Rostholder v. Omnicare, Inc., No. 12-2431, 2014 WL 661351...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - February 2014

A California federal court in Enki Corporation v. Freedman held that a former employee’s access of the employer’s computer systems through his log-in credentials did not amount to unlawful hacking under either the Computer...more

Appellate Court Denies Retirement Benefits To Former Employee After Finding The Employee Violated The Employer's Retirement Plan

In Wall v. Alcon Laboratories, Plaintiff, an employee at Alcon Laboratories, was offered a job with Otonomy, a bio-pharmaceutical company and, in Alcon's view, one of its competitors. Plaintiff accepted the job offer from...more

Fourth Circuit Limits Scope of Employers’ Claims Under Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

In July 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued an important decision limiting the claims employers can bring against disloyal current and former employees under the federal Computer Fraud and...more

Week in Review - January 23, 2014

Anything you say on Facebook can and often will be used against you in a court of law. Technology has not only changed the workplace; it has also changed employment lawsuits. We've provided a link below to an article...more

U.S. Supreme Court Update - January 2014

Court Begins 2013-2014 Term - Upon starting its 2013-2014 term during the government's recent partial shut-down, the U.S. Supreme Court opened with a grant of certiorari in a case with state and local tax implications,...more

Court Requires Employer To Pay Legal Fees Of Ex-Employee Charged With Trade Secret Theft

On October 16, 2013, a federal judge in New Jersey ruled that Goldman Sachs must advance the legal fees of a former employee charged with stealing Goldman’s source code. The order is the latest twist in a case that...more

Second Circuit: in-house counsel may not seek to profit as whistleblowers against former employers

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has issued an important ruling restricting in-house counsel from acting as whistleblowers in litigation against their current or former employers. ...more

$20 Million Settlement in In re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation, a Non-Poaching Agreement Case

Three of the seven companies defending allegations that they violated U.S. antitrust law by agreeing not to recruit each other’s employees agreed to settle all claims against them in In re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust...more

Bring-Your-Own-Device: Are Employers Opening the Door to Security and Legal Risks?

According to a recent press release by Gartner, Inc., a global technology research and advisory company, half of all employers are expected to require their employees to supply their own devices for work by 2017. A...more

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