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Patent Infringement Lawsuit Reminds ERISA Fiduciaries to Monitor Service Providers

In August 2014, GRQ Investment Management, LLC (GRQ) sued Financial Engines, Inc. and Financial Engines Advisors, LLC (collectively, Financial Engines), alleging that Financial Engines’ sale of account management and advisory...more

Blog: The ABCs of PIIAAs: Protecting Employee-Generated IP

Companies seeking to avoid employment disputes and to secure intellectual property rights to their employees’ inventions should make sure that all employees have signed confidentiality and inventions assignment agreements. ...more

Contractors vs. Employees: The Benefits and Risks of Hiring Outsourced Workers

Alternatives to direct employment are flourishing, as businesses have come to believe they should keep in house only “core” functions and outsource other activities like IT and HR to specialized service providers. This...more

Missouri Court Refuses to Enforce Non-Compete in Staffing Agency Fight Between Kforce and Beacon Hill

A recent case out of the Eastern District of Missouri provides a perfect example of what judges should do when evaluating non-compete agreements: That is to say that judges should conduct a thoughtful analysis that accounts...more

UPDATE-The Employees Strike Back: High-Tech Giants Increase Settlement Offer in Wage-Fixing Suit

As discussed in my prior blog post, Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe stand accused of conspiring not to poach one another’s employees in order to keep wages down.  Attorneys representing the class-action employees agreed to...more

New Year’s Resolutions for Companies Seeking to Protect Their Trade Secrets in 2015

The start of a new year is a perfect opportunity to set lofty goals of self-improvement. While the odds of completing a New Year’s resolution aren’t exactly inspiring (over half are expected to fail within six months) studies...more

Fast Food Non-Compete Agreements?

Fast food is very secretive. Colonel Sanders Kentucky Fried Chicken has eleven secret herbs and spices. Bakers have attempted to reverse engineer Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, but it remains a closely held...more

Swiping from the Swoosh: Nike sues former shoe designers for trade secret theft

Nike recently sued three of its former shoe designers who defected to Adidas, claiming the trio brought trade secrets with them, including Nike’s strategic development plans, design drawings, and other information “tied” to...more

Show Me the License: Is Your Company Ready?

Good record-keeping is a burden. But doing so is important. Here is an example of why it is important to keep good records of all software licenses....more

Secret Connections: LinkedIn contacts may be a trade secret

A California court recently determined that an employee’s LinkedIn contacts could be considered a “trade secret” in a case where the employee retained his contacts after he left the company and began a competing venture....more

To Sue or Not to Sue: That Is the Trade Secret Question

You have just learned that a senior member of the company research and development team has resigned. The employee had access to important confidential information about your company’s product development, manufacturing...more

Additional (punitive) damages for flagrant patent infringement awarded against ex-employee

What happens when an employee: - leaves your company; - convinces your manufacturer to stop supplying your (patented) product to you and supply it to him instead; and - then starts selling this product to one of...more

Lost in the Cloud: Dropbox, Data “Insecurity,” and Employee Shenanigans

For the uninitiated, Dropbox and other similar tools—such as SkyDrive, Google Drive, or Cubby—allow a user to log in to an account, upload documents or files to the cloud, and then access or download them from any device,...more

Three Nike Employees Perpetrate Massive Theft of Trade Secrets then Bolt for Adidas

Nike has sued three former employees who left to work for Adidas. The company is suing for everything imaginable: Breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, fraud, conspiracy and more. In a fifty page Complaint, the athletic...more

Fabricating Evidence and Losing Arbitration

Seagate Tech., LLC v. W. Digital Corp - Addressing an issue of whether an arbitrator inappropriately sanctioned a party that had been found to have fabricated evidence and whether the arbitrator refused to consider...more

Arizona Supreme Court Holds the Arizona Uniform Trade Secrets Act Does Not Preempt Tort Claims Based on Misappropriation of...

On November 19, 2014, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled in Orca Communications Unlimited, LLC v. Noder that the Arizona Uniform Trade Secrets Act (AUTSA) does not preempt common law tort claims for misappropriation of...more

50,000 Reasons for Employees to Think Twice Before Taking Their Employer's Copyright Works and Confidential Information

An ex-employee was recently ordered to pay his former employer AUD50,000 in damages after the Federal Court (Court) held that the employee had infringed copyright and breached his employment agreement and duty of...more

"insights" Newsletter - Autumn 2014

In this issue: - Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") - Antitrust and Compliance Programs - Staffing Companies and their Clients - Employment Law Update - Impact of the Windsor...more

Enforceability of Confidentiality Agreements – Confidential Information Must Be “Confidential”

For many companies, entering into confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements is common practice when sharing confidential or proprietary information with third parties. However, as the recent case nClosures, Inc. v. Block...more

Social Media and Non-Solicitation Covenants – Another LinkedIn Cautionary Tale, but this One for Employers

Those of you who joined us for our November 13 webinar on “Post-Employment Solicitation of Customers & Employees in the Social Media Age” will be interested in a recent social media-related non-solicitation case from...more

Arizona Trade Secrets Grow New Teeth

Over the last 18 months, the courts had diluted Arizona trade secret protections, notwithstanding the recent criminalization of trade secret theft by the AZ legislature. Today, however, the Arizona Supreme Court breathed new...more

November 2014: Appellate Practice Update

Preview of the U.S. Supreme Court’s October 2014 Term. The Supreme Court has begun its October 2014 Term with a docket featuring more constitutional and criminal law cases than business cases, but a few business cases before...more

Running Interference: S.D.N.Y. Lays Out Standards for Tortious Interference in Dispute Between Watchmaker and Former Employees

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently cleared the way for a Michigan watchmaker to pursue claims for trade secret misappropriation, among other things, against two former employees who left to...more

Federal Trade Secrets Legislation: What Is It? Will It Pass? What Does It Mean for Employers?

Theft of trade secrets is a constant concern for many employers. Congress has listened, and over the course of this year, it has been moving forward with federal legislation aimed at protecting trade secrets. ...more

RUSSIAN WEAPONS: New Amendments to Russia’s Trade Secret Law Target Thieving CEOs and Workers

New amendments to Russian law take aim at the theft of trade secrets by employees, with especially tough penalties for thieving CEOs. The amendments to Russia’s Trade Secret Law became effective October 1, 2014. The...more

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