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Congress Passes Federal Trade Secret Protection Legislation

Last week in a rare bipartisan move, the House of Representatives passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The Senate approved the bill earlier in April, and President Obama says that he will sign the legislation,...more

Special Report: How Should NC Employers Apply Restroom Policies Following HB2?

The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, commonly known as HB2, continues to generate controversy and confusion. The new law has caused many employers to reexamine their policies with regard to restroom use by employees...more

FAQs on the Defend Trade Secrets Act

Q: What is the Defend Trade Secrets Act? The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) is a new federal law that, once signed by President Obama, will amend the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 and provide a private civil...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act: Coming To A Federal Court Near You; The Federalizing Of Trade Secret And Post-Employment Conduct...

On April 27, 2016, the United States House of Representatives voted 410-2 to approve the proposed Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). The vote follows the Senate’s unanimous approval of the bill. President Obama has stated that...more

The New Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA): Notable Provisions and Strategic Considerations

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) cleared the House by a 410-2 vote on April 27, 2016. The Senate passed the measure on an 87-0 vote earlier this month, and the DTSA is now headed to the White House for President Obama’s...more

Litigation Alert: Congress Overwhelmingly Approves the “Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016” Paving the Way for Federal Jurisdiction...

Trade secrets law is poised to become federalized. After years of unsuccessful efforts to create a federal cause of action for trade secret theft, Congress has now passed The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (S.B. 1890). On...more

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

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

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

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

Supreme Court: Government Employer’s Incorrect Belief About Employee’s Activity Matters in First Amendment Analysis

A government employer can violate an employee’s constitutional rights by acting based on incorrect information that, if true, would violate the U.S. Constitution, even though the employee was not actually exercising his or...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

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

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

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

Hutchison v. Shull: Expanding Iowa’s Open Meeting Law (Part 1)

Warren County is governed by a three-member Board of Supervisors. The supervisors asked the Warren County Administrator to assist the Board in their stated goal of improving the efficiency of the county government. To that...more

The Supreme Court – April 2016 #4

The Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in one case on April 26, 2016: - Heffernan v. City of Paterson, No. 14-1280: Petitioner Jeffrey Heffernan was a police officer in Paterson, New Jersey. Heffernan...more

Several New Worker's Compensation Provisions Favorable to Wisconsin Employers

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law several new employer-friendly 2016 amendments to the state’s Worker’s Compensation Act. In addition to cutting the statute of limitations for traumatic injury claims in half,...more

5 Things to Know About the Defend Trade Secrets Act

Unanimous Senate approval of the federal trade secrets bill creates momentum for a new cause of action. After nearly a year-long delay, the Senate on April 4, 2016, unanimously passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA),...more

Does HB2's Prohibition on State Discrimination Suits Apply to Pending Cases?

North Carolina’s new Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, commonly known as HB2, includes a prohibition against state court wrongful discharge lawsuits based on race, religion, gender, age and other protected...more

Employment Practices Newsletter - April 2016

Is Labor Law Putting the Franchise Business Model at Risk? - Over the course of the last year, we have kept you abreast of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) case law and Department of Labor (DOL) interpretive/...more

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