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Criminal Sentence For Unauthorized Access Of Former Co-Worker’s E-Mail Reduced On Appeal

A terminated employee was convicted of “Mischief to Data” and “Unauthorized use of a Computer” contrary to the Criminal Code after he remotely accessed a former co-worker’s e-mail without her authorization and forwarded...more

David Nosal, Employee Data Theft, and Why Employment Lawyers Should Understand Their Clients' IT Infrastructure

Earlier this month, a federal judge in San Francisco sentenced David Nosal to a year in prison, three years’ supervised release, 400 hours of community service, and $60,000 in fines. His crime? Nosal violated the Computer...more

BREAKING: David Nosal Sentenced To Prison On CFAA Computer Intrusion And Trade Secret Charges

Former Korn/Ferry recruiter David Nosal was sentenced to one year and one day in prison on Wednesday for violating the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Economic Espionage Act. In April, a federal jury in...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

The “I Was Just Trying To Land A New Job” Defense To Criminal Trade Secret Theft Charges

On February 28, 2008, Hanjuan Jin, a Chinese-born former software engineer for Motorola, arrived at Chicago O’Hare Airport en route to Beijing. During a random customs check, officials discovered that she had a one-way...more

Hodgson Russ Helps Clients in Largest-Ever False Claims Act Settlement In Risperdal Lawsuits Against Johnson & Johnson

The Justice Department announced that Johnson & Johnson will pay $1.273 billion to the federal government and most states to settle a civil False Claims Act investigation into its off-label marketing of its antipsychotic drug...more

Printing Hard Copies Of Stolen Source Code: The Difference Between Freedom And Incarceration In The Second Circuit

Whenever an appeals court kicks off a 65-page opinion by describing you (or your client) as a thief, and posits that the question before it is whether you’ve been properly convicted of thievery, you know you’re in trouble. ...more

“Can You Sleep Well at Night?”: Multinational Executives Detained in China Due to Bribery Concerns

Any company doing business in China has to wonder whether they might find themselves in the unwelcome spotlight recently turned on certain participants in China’s pharmaceutical market....more

The Conflicting Rules on Employee Data Theft

In all jurisdictions the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), 18 U.S.C. 1030, the federal computer crime statute, applies to former employees who steal data from the company computer, but in two federal circuits it does not...more

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Rep. Zoe Lofgren Proposes New Legislation, Including A Civil Cause Of Action For Trade Secret Misappropriation

We previously reported on the downpour of recent trade secret activity in Congress. Last week, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Cal.) added to the deluge by introducing two bills bearing on trade secret misappropriation...more

Employers With International Operations Must Take Care to Protect Employee Data

When is the last time your company reviewed its data protection policies? If your company employs any international employees, it may have obligations under foreign laws to have specific safeguards in place....more

Fenwick Employment Brief - May 2013: Software Programmer Criminally Charged For Hacking Former Employer's Network

The federal Department of Justice recently filed criminal charges against a 41-year old software programmer and system manager who hacked into his former employer's computer network, causing $90,000 in damage. The complaint...more

Federal Jury Finds Executive Recruiter Guilty Stealing Trade Secrets From Former Employer In Order to Start Competing Business

On April 24, 2013, a federal jury in the Northern District of California found former Korn/Ferry International corporate executive recruiter, David Nosal, guilty on six counts of conspiracy, stealing trade secrets, and...more

White Collar Watch - April 2013

In This Issue: - Third Circuit Panel Liberalizes “Protected Activity” Immunity for Employees Claiming Whistleblower Status - Doing Time: A Requirement for White Collar Crime? - Casting a Smaller Net:...more

Federal Law Provides Enhanced Trade Secret Protection for Employers

Most people know that an employee who misuses his employer’s confidential information may be subject to damages in a civil lawsuit. Many states have enacted a Uniform Trade Secrets Act that allows an employer to pursue a...more

Protecting Personal Data in China

This advisory is one of a series prepared by Pillsbury's China Practice on questions frequently asked by our clients doing business in China. In June 2012, we published an advisory on personal data protection in China in...more

District Court in California Provides Further Clarification as to the Scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

On March 12, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a ruling clarifying the reach of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) when employees access computer systems. The decision...more

Expansion Of The Economic Espionage Act Broadens Protection For Trade Secrets

In the summer of 2009, in an office at Goldman Sachs, in the waning hours of his last day of employment, a computer programmer named Sergey Aleynikov encrypted more than 500,000 lines of source code from Goldman’s proprietary...more

Fourth Circuit Rules Emails Sent From Husband’s Work Address To His Wife Are Not Privileged

On December 13, 2012, the Fourth Circuit found that emails sent from a husband to a wife were not protected by the marital privilege because they were sent from his work computer....more

Labour Notes - November 2012

In This Issue: - Workplace Confidential? Supreme Court Rules That Employees Have Right To Privacy Over Their Work Computer - Q & A . . .2 - Progress of Legislation ..Federal . . . 3 ..Ontario ....more

Supreme Court of Canada Decision Demonstrates the Importance of Workplace Computer Policies

In R. v. Cole, 2012 SCC 53, the majority of the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that it was unconstitutional for the police to search the workplace computer of a high school teacher without a warrant. The Supreme Court held...more

Circuit Split: How Does the CFAA Apply to Employment Cases?

Imagine a disgruntled employee rummaging through your company’s confidential files and covertly stealing trade secrets to use as he builds a competing business. What recourse would you have against the rogue employee?...more

High Court May Rule on Computer Law Question

On July 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit became the first circuit to adopt the Ninth Circuit’s holding in U.S. v. Nosal, 676 F.3d 854 (9th Cir. 2012), that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act does not...more

A Widening Circuit Split in the Interpretation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Introduction - The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) criminalizes unauthorized access to a private computer system and allows for individuals suffering harm from such conduct to bring private civil actions for relief....more

September 2012: Internet Litigation Update

In This Issue: - Internet Retransmission of Television Broadcasts Approved: Judge Alison Nathan of the Southern District of New York ruled on July 11, 2012, that the Internet retransmission of over-the-air...more

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