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New Federal Law Protects Trade Secrets

A company’s trade secrets are its lifeblood, but they are valuable only if they remain secret. Faced with a growing rise in theft from foreign hackers, nation states, and rogue employees, trade secret owners now have a new...more

California Employment Law Notes - September 2016

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Employer's Class Action Waiver - Morris v. Ernst & Young, LLP, 2016 WL 4433080 (9th Cir. 2016) - As a condition of employment, Stephen Morris and Kelly McDaniel were required to sign...more

SEC Fines Company for Agreements Restricting Whistleblowers

The SEC has fined an Atlanta company $265,000 for using various severance agreements restricting whistleblower activities. The Dodd-Frank Act added ’34 Act § 21F encouraging whistleblower programs. The SEC adopted Rule...more

Can Employers Discipline Employees for “Self-Help Discovery”? Massachusetts Decision Raises More Questions Than Answers

Employers know all too well that employees sometimes help themselves to documents the employer would like to keep confidential. This is precisely why many employers require employees to sign confidentiality agreements and...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Becomes Law, Opening Federal Courts to Aggrieved Companies

For the first time, companies have a federal private right of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), signed by President Barack Obama on May 11, 2016, applies to any...more

Fashion Law - Autumn/Winter 2016

The business of fashion is exciting, fast paced and driven by passionate and creative people. But it is important to remember that it is just that – a business. While creativity and passion are integral to success in the...more

Top Ten Tips for the Workplace

Every now and then, it’s worth it for even the most seasoned HR professional to receive a reminder about best practices in the workplace. Ensuring compliance with our Top Ten Tips list below, will help to keep your workplace...more

Focused on Franchise Law - September 2013

FRANCHISOR 101: FRANCHISOR NOT LIABLE FOR ACTIONS OF FRANCHISEE'S MANAGERS - Cortland, a former bartender, sued GECP-Sunrise, LLC, a Buffalo Wild Wings franchisee, and its franchisor, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., claiming...more

Orrick World: A Quarterly Report of Global Employment Law Issues for Multinationals - February 2013

In This Issue: - Asia Employment Law Update - France Employment Law Update - UK Employment Law Update - United States Employment Law Update...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks - October 25, 2012

Table of Contents: - Claybrook v. American Broadcasting Company: District court dismisses putative class action alleging racial discrimination in casting of shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, holding that...more

Watch Your Assets! Using Injunctions to Protect Trade Secrets, Customers, Employees, and Good Will

In this series of blog posts we will examine the use of injunctive relief in state and federal courts in response to employees who have misappropriated confidential information and trade secrets, who solicit clients and...more

IP Update, Vol. 14, No. 2, February 2011

IN THIS ISSUE: Patents: Predictable Variations of Simple Mechanical Technology May Be Obvious, Even in the Face of Structural and Operational Differences; Judges Squabble Over the Interpretation of Claims in Light of the...more

Ascentive, LLC v. Opinion Corp.

Bench brief of Opinion Corp., Inc. regarding likelihood of confusion in domain namesNew York

At the preliminary injunction hearing in this matter (see related documents), the court asked for further guidance on the issue of fair use as a defense to trademark infringement in the context of domain names. As of July...more

Ascentive, LLC v. Opinion Corp.

Brief of Opinion Corp. in Opposition to Ascentive LLC's Motion for a Preliminary InjunctionNew York

Brief by the owners of in opposition to the motion by Ascentive, LLC for a preliminary injunction censoring consumer complaints about the company on the website. As of July 2011, the court had not ruled...more

Ascentive, LLC v. Opinion Corp.

Answer and Counterclaim of Defendant Opinion Corp.New York

Answer and counterclaim by the owners of in the lawsuit brought by Ascentive, LLC to censor consumer complaints posted on the website....more

Has Your Company Done Everything It Can to Minimize Its Exposure to Employment Claims in the Current Economic Downturn?

With the worldwide economic crisis mounting, it seems that every day another company either files for bankruptcy or terminates hundreds or thousands of workers to stay afloat. As many companies are discovering the hard way,...more

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