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An overview of Bill S-201: An Act to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination

On May 3, 2016, Bill S-201, An Act to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination, was given its first reading in the House of Commons. Originally introduced and recently passed in the Senate as a private Member’s bill, the...more

Health Care Group News: Part Two: The Rest of SB 351 (Now Public Act 16-95)

While Senate Bill 351, now enacted as Public Act 16-95 (the "Act"), received attention for the limits it placed on physician non-compete provisions, numerous other provisions of the Act are worth highlighting. These...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule Re-Makes Retail IRA Advice

Congress voted this week to de-rail the Department of Labor’s sweeping fiduciary-duty suite of rule-making, but doesn’t have the votes to override the President’s threatened veto....more

Connecticut Legislature Passes Non-Compete Act Concerning Contracts With Physicians

On May 18, 2016, the Connecticut legislature transmitted Public Act No. 16-95 (the “Act”) to the Governor for his signature. The Governor is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming weeks. Once he does, it will...more

New Defend Trade Secrets Act Requires Employers to Include Disclaimers in All Confidential Information Agreements

On May 16, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The new law takes immediate effect and will provide important new federal protections against unauthorized disclosure of...more

Massachusetts Noncompete Bill Advances, but Passage Remains Uncertain

In March, we reported that Massachusetts House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo had announced his support for legislative restrictions on employee noncompetition agreements, signaling a potential turning point in the long-running...more

Obama Signs Law Giving Trade Secrets Federal Protection

A company’s confidential trade secrets are their most coveted assets and give a company a competitive edge over its competitors. Such trade secrets may include product specifications and formulas, recipes, computer...more

Employee Non-compete Bill Advancing in Legislature

Legislation limiting employee non-compete agreements in Massachusetts advanced on Monday in the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. Co-chaired by Rep. John Scibak and Sen. Dan Wolf, the Committee approved a...more

Pssst, The Secret Is Knowing What You Can’t Do With The Defend Trade Secrets Act

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) became law with President Obama’s signature on May 11, 2016. The DTSA is an amendment to the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 and, for the first time, affords a federal private right of...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Creates New Federal Claim For Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) into law, creating a federal civil right of action for the theft of trade secrets. Until now, trade secrets had been protected only at...more

Implementing the Whistleblower Immunity Notice Provision under the Recently-Enacted Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act

The Defend Trade Secrets Act, signed into law on May 11, 2016, includes a whistleblower immunity notice provision. An employer that wants to preserve maximum recoveries for misappropriation against an employee should take...more

The McDonald’s NLRB Case: At The Intersection Of Hot Legal And Political Issues

Despite popular belief, the fate of fast food franchises around the country does not rest in the hands of Lauren Esposito, an unelected administrative judge for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Whatever decision...more

How the New Trade Secrets Law May Affect You

A week ago, on May 11, 2016, the President signed into law the new federal “Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.” It arms with substantial new weaponry those whose trade secrets have been taken. What has been less heralded,...more

Congress Creates Federal Right of Action for Trade Secret Misappropriation

On May 11, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), which enables companies to go to federal court to sue for misappropriation of trade secrets. The new federal right of action for owners...more

Federal Trade Secrets Act Now Law: What Companies Should Know

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”). The measure had previously been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives 410-2 on April 27, 2016, quickly following the U.S. Senate’s...more

The Auto Industry Has a New Weapon To Protect Its Secrets

President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) into law on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Members of the auto industry spend significant time and money developing trade secrets that give them a competitive advantage....more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act: What It Is and What It Means for U.S. Businesses

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), establishing for the first time a civil cause of action under federal law for the misappropriation of trade secrets. The legislation recognizes the...more

Time to Review Your Confidentiality Agreements: New Federal Trade Secrets Act Creates Private Right of Action and Imposes New...

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (DTSA), which establishes a new federal private right of action for trade secret misappropriation, is now the law. Trade secrets, the fourth leg of the intellectual property chair, have...more

Maximizing Protections Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act: Confidentiality Agreements Need to be Changed

With President Barack Obama's signature on Wednesday, the Defend Trade Secrets Act ("DTSA" or "Act") has now become law. Where trade secrets were once protected only at the state level, the DTSA now federalizes trade secrets...more

Employers Gain New Federal Trade Secret Protections, Must Notify Employees to Obtain Certain Remedies

Until now, employers seeking relief for trade secret misappropriation were limited almost exclusively to state law remedies. With the enactment of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) on May 11, 2016, employers now have...more

The Brand New Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 – What You Need to Know

Victims of trade secret theft now have a federal remedy for trade secret misappropriation under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), which President Obama signed into law on May 11, 2016. The DTSA creates a new,...more

UPDATE: Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Signed Into Law; Employers May Need to Notify Employees

After overwhelming passage in both the House and Senate, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act into law on April 11, 2016. The Act provides a truly uniform, nationwide set of standards for protecting trade...more

POTUS Signs The Defend Trade Secrets Act

On May 11, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (the "Act") into Law. The Act, which passed overwhelmingly in Congress last week in a 410-2 vote, is an effort to create a private, federal right of action...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act Is Now Law

On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law the long-awaited Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), which is effective immediately. Three key features of the DTSA include: (1) the creation of a federal private...more

Attention Employers: Action Required Before Having Employees or Contractors Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements

Wednesday, President Obama signed the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 into law, the details of which we reported in a recent Akerman Practice Update. The Act allows companies for the first time to bring trade secret...more

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