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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

Indiana Governor announces formation of Indiana Executive Council on Cybersecurity

Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced last week the formation of the Indiana Executive Council on Cybersecurity through an Executive Order. The Council, comprised of 23 members from public and private organizations, is...more

New York State Increases Minimum Wage and Enacts Paid Family Leave

For employers with employees in New York State, the cost of doing business in the state is going to go up due to recent legislation. New York State recently passed the following two important changes in the law which will...more

The Trade Secrets Bill Proceeds to the President's Desk

On April 27, the House of Representatives by a 410-2 vote passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which creates a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation, providing trade secrets with a degree of...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

Responding to U.S. Chamber estimated annual losses to foreign thieves of $300 billion of trade secrets and 2.1 million jobs, in April, Congress voted nearly unanimously (Senate 87-0, House 410-2) to enact the Defend Trade...more

Contractor Blacklisting for Defense Contractors? The HASC Says “Not So Fast”

At last, we have a little good news for government contractors. By a vote of 34–28 taken late in the evening on April 27, 2016, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) adopted a measure that would block the application of...more

Public Employer May Not Retaliate Against Employee Based on Perception that He Engaged in Political Activity

On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court held that a public employee could sue his employer for retaliation where the employer demoted him for engaging in constitutionally-protected political activity, even though the employer was...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

Congress Passes Federal Trade Secrets Law

On April 27, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that will effectively federalize trade secrets law. President Obama, a supporter of the legislation, has indicated he will sign the Bill, which...more

Landmark Trade Secret Law Establishes New Rights and Remedies

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 aims to modernize and strengthen trade secret law. The most significant trade secret reform in decades is about to become law. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) will...more

Congress Passes the Defend Trade Secrets Act

On April 4, 2016, the Senate unanimously passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), S. 1890, a bill to create the first federal civil remedy for trade secret misappropriation. On April 27, following consideration...more

Democratic Senators Commission GAO to Study Fintech Industry

On April 18, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jeffrey Merkley (D-OR), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting that it complete a study on the fintech industry. Under the...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

Wave of Federal Trade Secret Decisions Soon to Hit State Courts

Late yesterday, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing a sweeping new statute that creates a new federal civil cause of action for trade secret theft. The new statute, called the Defense of Trade Secrets...more

New Trade Secret Protections to Become Law

After several years of consideration of possible civil federal trade secret legislation in Congress, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (S. 1890) passed with significant bipartisan support in the Senate on April 4, 2016...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

Trump Campaign Faces Second, Similar Suit in Same Court

Following on the heels of Plaintiff Joshua Thorne’s TCPA suit, the Donald J. Trump campaign was hit with a second TCPA lawsuit in as many days. See Roberts v. Donald J. Trump For President, Inc., No. 16-4676 (N.D. Ill. Apr....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 Passes House, Soon to Become Law

Billions of dollars in losses are attributed to trade secret theft each year. In response, and with vast bipartisan support, Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) on April 27, 2016. The President is expected to...more

House Passes Federal Trade Secrets Law, Obama Expected to Sign

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 410-2 yesterday in favor of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, which would allow companies to bring civil actions for trade secret theft under the federal Economic Espionage Act....more

Proposed German Equal Pay Act May Complicate Remuneration Issues

Statistics reveal a difference of 7 percent between the remuneration paid to men and that paid to women with the same qualifications in Germany. The average hourly wage even shows a difference of 22 percent, making pay...more

Supreme Court Update: Bank Markazi V. Peterson (14-770) And Heffernan V. City Of Paterson (14-1280)

After the deluge of cases last week, the Court took a breather and issued only one decision this week. However, eagle-eyed Update aficionados may remember that we still owe you one decision from last week. With that in mind,...more

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