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Trade Secrets Going Federal

Yesterday, in an overwhelming 410-2 bipartisan vote, the US House of Representatives passed the Hatch-Coons Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which would for the first time federalize trade secrets law and provide uniformity...more

New Federal Trade Secrets Protections for Employers

Both the U.S. Senate and House have passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 and it is expected to be signed by President Obama in short order....more

UPDATE: Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Clears the House, Passage into Law Expected

As expected, overwhelming support for the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 led to its passage in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday by a 410-2 vote. During the floor debate, one Congressman noted that “Congress has...more

Congress Finally Agrees: Passes Federal Trade Secrets Act

After years of legislative fits and starts, the U.S. House of Representatives on April 27, 2016, passed a bill federalizing trade-secret law. President Obama is expected to sign the bill in short order. Titled the “Defend...more

Quirky Question #277: Passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act

Question: I saw something on the news about some new trade secrets legislation. What’s going on with that? Will it help employers better protect their trade secrets?...more

New Federal Trade Secrets Law Passed – Major Implications for Trade Secret Owners and Their Employees

Congress just passed a major revision to U.S. trade secrets law, with enactment upon the President’s signature likely in early May. Entitled the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), the legislation creates for the first...more

Landmark Federal Trade Secrets Legislation on Its Way to President Obama for Signature

As technology accelerates and electronic information theft becomes more difficult to detect and prevent, vigilant companies constantly look for ways to protect the trade secrets they consider their “crown jewels.” The passage...more

Congress Passes The Defend Trade Secrets Act

Presidential Signature Expected to Follow Shortly - On April 27, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 410-2 in favor of passing the Defend Trade Secrets Act (S. 1890)(the “Act”), a comprehensive bill to create...more

Dawning of New Era in Trade Secrets Litigation

Both houses of Congress have now approved a bill (the Defend Trade Secrets Act) that would create a federal civil cause of action for trade secrets misappropriation—a sea change for claims previously subject only to state...more

Down the Road Towards Federalization of Trade Secrets Claims

On April 27, 2016, by a vote of 410 to 2, the House passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the “Act”). The Act passed the Senate earlier this month and is now headed to the President for his anticipated signature. If...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 – Key Takeaways

The Senate and House passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) on April 11 and April 27, 2016, respectively. President Obama previously indicated that he will sign DTSA into law. Below is a brief synopsis of DTSA's...more

Full House Passes Defend Trade Secrets Act

On April 27, the full House of Representatives passed the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (“the Act”) by an overwhelming vote of 410-2. As we have previously blogged, the Act is likely to be signed by the president and...more

New Federal Law May Be Employers' Strongest Weapon Against Trade Secret Theft

Until now, employers with trade secrets stolen by former employees had to rely upon uneven, hit-or-miss state laws to protect their intellectual property and confidential information. Enter the Defend Trade Secrets Law of...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Heading to White House: What You Should Know Now

Congress has finally passed the anticipated Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The bill, which is now on its way to the White House and is expected to be signed by President Obama, will be effective immediately once it...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Passes Congress

With President Obama’s signature expected, DTSA will allow for new federal civil suits, ex parte seizures, and whistleblower protections. After unanimously passing the Senate earlier this month, the Defend Trade...more

The Auto Industry’s Safety Whistleblower Program: What You Need To Know

The Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Program that originally passed through the U.S. Senate last summer but stalled in the House of Representatives has finally been signed into law by President Obama as part of the Fixing...more

Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Clears the Senate: Is the Uniform Act on Life Support?

The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a bill increasing the protections available to companies for their commercial secrets. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA or the Act) provides for the first time a truly...more

New Utah law limits use of noncompetition agreements

Many employers are confronted by the problem of former employees using company information or relationships they had access to or developed during their employment. Employers have sought protection by having employees agree...more

New NC LGBT Legislation Eliminates All State Law Employment Discrimination Lawsuits

On March 23 following a one-day special session, the North Carolina General Assembly passed, and Governor McCrory signed HB 2, a bill that will have widespread effects on legal protections for employees in North Carolina. The...more

A Quick Look at Merrick Garland's Labor and Employment Record

On March 15, 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States created...more

The New York City Commission on Human Rights Doubles Penalties Collected in 2015

The New York City Commission on Human Rights (“NYCCHR”) recently announced that it collected $1.4 million in penalties in 2015, which is double the amount collected in 2014. Carmelyn P. Malalis joined the NYCCHR in February...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

Are Big Changes on the Horizon for Trade Secrets Litigation?

Identical bills pending in the U.S. House and Senate are aimed at expanding and altering the substantive and procedural remedies available to businesses seeking to defend their valuable trade secrets through litigation. On...more

"California Fair Pay Act" Becomes Law

The new law expands the equal pay requirement for men and women to "substantially similar work" regardless of location, modifies employers’ business justification defense, and increases employers’ recordkeeping obligations to...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects Obama Administration’s Effort to Free Executive Actions From Injunction

On May 26, 2015 a three judge panel for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a request by the Obama administration to lift an injunction currently blocking aspects of President Obama’s executive action on immigration....more

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