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Simple Steps to Help Keep Your Trade Secrets Safe

As illustrated by the recent lawsuit by America’s Test Kitchen against celebrity chef Christopher Kimball, companies in a variety of industries are vulnerable to losing their trade secrets....more

[Webinar] Strategies for Adapting to the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) - Impact on Business and Litigation Strategies - Jan....

Please join us for an informative live webinar that will explore the ramifications of the expanded Federal court jurisdiction under the DTSA, some of the latest cases decided under the DTSA; strategies for filing such cases;...more

Allocating a Pro Rata Defense Share to the Insured in Continuous Injury Cases

In a matter of first impression, the Louisiana Supreme Court recently held that the duty to defend in a long latency disease case could be prorated between the insurer and insured. (See, Arceneaux v. Amstar Corp. 2016 WL...more

An Argument for the Use of Stock Options with Forfeiture Clauses for Breach of Duty of Loyalty

Introduction Jimmy John’s In 2014, Emily Brunner (“Brunner”) and Caitlin Turowski (“Turowski”) filed a complaint in Illinois against the sandwich company, Jimmy John’s, and its franchise affiliates. The complaint was amended...more

Commercial Division Rejects Employers’ Plea For Trade Secret and Trademark Protection

When employees resign, the scope of the trade secret doctrine often defines the relationship between former employers and their employees. Trade secret misappropriation claims frequently overlap with other claims arising out...more

New Rules for Nevada Noncompetes

Nevada Companies Must Review Their Noncompete Agreements - The Nevada Supreme Court recently has injected substantial uncertainty into any Nevada contract that contains a noncompete agreement, and companies need to...more

Texas Court of Appeals Finds Noncompete Agreement Inapplicable to Former President’s Post-Termination Activities Due to the...

On October 27, 2016, the Fort Worth Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s order denying an application for temporary injunction seeking to enjoin Thomas Musgrave, the former president of Henry F. Coffeen III Management,...more

Federal Attack on Non-Competes Likely Another Casualty of Election

As our readers are aware, employers can expect that the Trump administration will usher in a plethora of changes in terms of federal employment law policy and enforcement. One particular area in which the new administration...more

Merger does not invalidate noncompete, nonsolicitation covenants

When corporate mergers and acquisitions take place, the parties frequently ask, “What is the effect on the acquired company’s contracts?” That was the issue in a case involving noncompetition and nonsolicitation covenants in...more

UAE Labor law for beginners

Employment issues in the UAE are governed by Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 regulating Labor Relations as amended by Federal Laws No. 24 of 1981, No. 15 of 1985 and No. 12 of 1986 (the “Law”). According to Article 3 of the Law,...more

Change in How SC Supreme Court Views Conspiracy Claims May be Coming

As our various courts decide cases, we watch to see if there are any trends that seem to be developing or whether a case signals that the courts are beginning to change how they view a particular issue or type of case. We've...more

“Freelance Isn’t Free” Says the New York City Council

Seyfarth Synopsis: The “Freelance Isn’t Free Act,” passed by the New York City Council on October 28, 2016 requires, among other things, a written contract for services between a hiring party and a freelance worker in most...more

Labor Board’s ‘Nonacquiescence’ is an Instrument of Oppression, Federal Appeals Court Declares

The federal appeals court in D.C. has issued a scathing rebuke of the National Labor Relations Board’s blanket nonacquiescence policy and ordered the Board to pay nearly $18,000.00 in attorney’s fees for what the court deemed...more

An Agreement tainted by illegality

Hughes v. The Coupers Partnership Ltd (CPL) UKEAT 0078_16 has provided a reminder of the concept of illegality. The facts - Mr Hughes was a commercial director of CPL from February 1999. He had a written contract of...more

Prescribing the “minimum effective dose”

Drafting and enforcing post-employment restraints has a lot in common with good medicine. It is necessary to prescribe only the “minimum effective dose” – the amount necessary to produce the desired outcome with minimum...more

Employment Alert: "Federal Protection of Trade Secrets - the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016"

Earlier this year, Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act ("DTSA"), a comprehensive amendment of existing legislation that previously addressed economic espionage and now provides for a private federal civil cause of...more

4.5 Million Reasons to Abide by a Non-Solicitation Agreement

On September 9, 2016, the Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld an award of $4.5 million in punitive damages against several former employees, who violated non-compete/non-solicitation agreements with their former employers. In...more

Courts Address Conspiracy, Knowing Participation, and Aiding And Abetting Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claims

In Rhymes v. Filter Res., Inc., a former employer sued a former employee and the employee’s new business for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and tortious interference related to the employee’s competition with...more

$8 million Prevailing Wage verdict in 2011 for work on the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel

Rent credit from Port District triggered prevailing wage; $8 Million in back wages paid by Hensel Phelps Construction Company - In California Prevailing Wage Law, “public funds” come in many forms. In the case of the...more

New Federal Law Protects Trade Secrets

A company’s trade secrets are its lifeblood, but they are valuable only if they remain secret. Faced with a growing rise in theft from foreign hackers, nation states, and rogue employees, trade secret owners now have a new...more

This Cold Bud Is For You: SEC Sanctions Anheuser-Busch for “Chilling” Employee from Communicating with SEC

On September 28, 2016, the SEC announced that Anheuser-Busch agreed to pay $6 million to settle charges of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Dodd-Frank whistleblower violations. The SEC’s order stated that AB InBev violated...more

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Lessons in Joint Venture FCPA Compliance

Just in time for National Beveridge Day comes the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI), where the company paid $6 million to settle charges that it violated the FCPA and...more

NLRB Reaffirms Alan Ritchey Doctrine with New Make-Whole Twist

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Board reaffirmed, prospectively, the Alan Ritchey doctrine requiring employers to bargain over discretionary discipline issued to newly organized employees pre-first contract and mandated prospective...more

Pa. Superior Court Affirms Punitive Damage Award in Breach of Noncompetition Agreement

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has affirmed a lower court ruling that assesses punitive damages against several individuals and their new employer resulting from their en masse departure from a previous firm and, in the...more

Texas Appellate Court Affirms Injunctive Relief and $2.8 Million Award in Attorney’s Fees Against Former Employee in Trade Secret...

A Texas Court of Appeals held on August 22, 2016, that a former employer was entitled to $2.8 million in attorney’s fees against a former employee who used the employer’s information to compete against it. The Court reached...more

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