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The Supreme Court - May 2016

The Supreme Court of the United States issued one decision on May 2, 2016: Ocasio v. United States, No. 14-361: Petitioner Samuel Ocasio, a former police officer, was tried and convicted under the Hobbs Act for...more

Feds Open The Gates and Seize the Domain Names

Does the federal government have the right to seize a domain name without notice? With growing frequency, the feds have seized the domain names of thousands of websites for alleged criminal wrongdoing. The latest example is...more

Financial Gain Not Required to Prevail in Trade Secret Theft Claim - United States of America v. Yihao Pu

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit vacated a district court decision awarding substantial restitution for trade secret theft, determining that a loss calculation made by the district court was erroneous and that...more

Ninth Circuit Grapples with “Boiler Room” Expert Opinions

Where does lay opinion stop and expert opinion begin? While assessing convictions for wire and mail fraud associated with the defendants’ movie investment schemes, the Ninth Circuit considered this important question in...more

Proving “Loss” Under the Economic Espionage Act – Not Always Straightforward

The Obama Administration’s focus on criminal trade secret prosecutions under the Economic Espionage Act (EEA) highlights the legal complexities at the murky intersection between criminal and civil jurisprudence in trade...more

7th Circuit Grants Partial Reprieve to Trade Secret Thief Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight

Crime Does Not Pay - You have to feel a little sorry for Yihao Pu. Pu was a finance engineer who worked for two companies with proprietary systems for executing high frequency stock trading (HTF). Pu illegally...more

Backdooring Investment Security (On the Apple Case)

There's lots of talk about information security with the Apple case. But, perhaps just as important, the case also raises important concerns relating to investment security and to the predictability of our markets and laws. ...more

Business Litigation Report - February 2016

Inter Partes Review Victory for Celgene - Quinn Emanuel recently won an inter partes review (“IPR”) of a patent covering the active ingredient in firm client Celgene Corporation’s (“Celgene”) blockbuster cancer therapy,...more

Government Charges Five, Including Two Scientists, With Stealing Trade Secrets And Confidential Information From GlaxoSmithKline

On January 20, 2016, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced the indictment of five people, including two research scientists at GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”), on charges of stealing...more

Wait… Did you say jail time for trademark infringement?

Imprisonment in intellectual property infringement cases is rare - although not unheard of. The message from a recent Canadian Federal Court decision is… don’t mess with the Court. They expect compliance with their orders and...more

Money Is Time: A Note on Valuation and Sentencing in Criminal Trade Secrets Cases

Criminal trade secrets prosecutions tend to make national headlines, and for good reason. With fact patterns that often involve international intrigue, high technology, and millions of dollars in play, these cases can read...more

Baseball Executive Caught Stealing, Pleads Guilty To Violation Of Computer Fraud And Abuse Act

A scandal in America's Pastime has culminated with a baseball executive, Christopher Correa, pleading guilty on January 8, 2016 to violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act ("CFAA"), 18 U.S.C. § 1030, et seq. The guilty plea...more

Texas Takes a Stance Against Patent Trolls

Since the U.S. Congress began implementing reforms to the patent system, states too have been considering measures to protect their residents and business from abusive patent litigation. While the federal government has...more

Stealing Bases Okay; Stealing Data Not So Much

On January 8, 2016, Christopher Correa, the former director of Baseball Development for the St. Louis Cardinals, pleaded guilty to each count of a five-count criminal information, charging him with felony violations of...more

False Marking Alert: Could International Product Sales, Shipments, Or Manufacturing Land You In Prison?

Do you manufacture, ship, or sell products abroad that contain the ® trademark registration symbol on the products, labels, or packaging? If so, did you know that you may face criminal liability, imprisonment, fines, seizure...more

Martin Shkreli, Criminal Forfeiture, and the Wu-Tang Clan

The S&P Schadenfreude Index hit an all-time high yesterday when Martin Shkreli was arrested and indicted for securities fraud related to a hedge fund he used to run. The SEC sued him, too. Here’s how the Justice Department...more

Update on recent cyber prosecutions/stings

The feds keep chipping away at those thieves and hackers and we are pleased to showcase the recent results of their hard work. Computer Hacking and Sexual Extortion - On December 9, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office...more

Congress Considering Federal Trade Secrets Act

On December 2, 2015, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing regarding the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (DTSA). If passed, the DTSA would create a federal private right of action for theft of trade secrets....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

Reality Check: Fantasy Sports Sites Facing Serious New Challenges

Fantasy sports, especially Daily fantasy sports (“DFS”), are big business in the United States. Two DFS sites in particular, FanDuel and DraftKings, are the most dominant players in this industry (they control 95% of the DFS...more

If Considered Material, False Statements Made to Federal Regulatory Bodies Create Exposure to Criminal Liability - United States...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversed a conviction for making a false statement to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), holding that a false statement is not material if it could not influence the...more

Nosal Update: Ninth Circuit Hears Oral Arguments on Password Sharing and Scope of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

On October 20, 2015, a Ninth Circuit panel consisting of Chief Judge Sidney Thomas and Judges M. Margaret McKeown and Stephen Reinhardt heard oral argument from the U.S. Department of Justice and counsel for David Nosal on...more

The Top Ten Things Every Commercial Litigator Must Know About the Fifth Amendment

Invoking the Fifth Amendment privilege is not just for scenes from Law & Order or Better Call Saul. These days commercial cases, especially those involving individual defendants, are commonly filled with claims that have...more

Motion to Quash Service Is Not a Collateral Order and Therefore Not Appealable - United States v. Sinovel Wind Grp. Co.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit concluded that the district court’s denial of defendant Sinovel’s motion to quash service of process is not an appealable order under the collateral order doctrine. The Court...more

An Employee Stole Your Trade Secrets but You Cannot Prove It. Now What?

Consider the following, relatively uncommon scenario: an employee stole your trade secrets and went to work for a competitor. You know the employee did it, you just cannot prove it. Even with the best forensic analysis it is...more

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