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Non-Competition Clauses: Enforceable or Just for Show?

by Field Law on

When can a non-competition clause actually stop someone from working? Or are these clauses just for show? Let's take a look at a couple of cases involving departing employees who find themselves in hot water with a former...more

Series: Defend Trade Secrets Act | The DTSA and Inevitable Disclosure Meet: Molon Motor and Coil Corp. v. Nidec Motor Corp.

by Fish & Richardson on

A recent DTSA decision from the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois tackled the inevitable disclosure doctrine—an area that DTSA aficionados have been keenly watching given the statute’s express disavowal of...more

The Importance of Non-Compete Agreements

by Revision Legal on

It is a common business practice for employers to require their employees to sign a non-compete agreement as part of the terms of their employment. Use of non-compete agreements are a particularly popular practice in...more

Texas Amends its Uniform Trade Secrets Act

by Littler on

Last month, Texas’s legislature amended the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (TUTSA). These amendments expand and clarify TUTSA’s definitions, add a clarification to enjoining trade secrets misappropriation, and codify a...more

What Would the Perfect Employee Agreement Look Like?

Lawyers strive for perfection in their work, but time constraints, budgets, and other factors work against us. Also, perfection is not always the same thing in every circumstance. It is interesting, however, to contemplate...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: June 2017

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, Uber announced that it had fired Anthony Levandowski, the former lead engineer for Google’s autonomous vehicle unit. Uber hired Levandowski to lead its efforts to develop a self-driving automobile. The firing...more

Non-Competes Can Cost You More Than A Job

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Normally in this space we write about case developments after the case is decided. This time, though the story involves a mid-case development which led to a company firing an employee it fought hard to keep....more

It’s Inevitable: Pleading Trade Secret Misappropriation Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), enacted on May 11, 2016, provides the first private federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation and allows employers whose trade secrets have been misappropriated to head...more

NLRB Settlements Can Be Tricky, Especially If You Don’t Inform The Agency

The last few decisions issued by the NLRB have addressed a wide spectrum of rather unique situations. Just in the last several days we saw decisions involving a combative registered nurse and a human resources representative...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act: The Year in Numbers

by Fish & Richardson on

On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). Before the passage of the DTSA, each state had its own trade secret regime, whether through some variation of the Uniform Trade...more

22 Steps Companies Can Take To Protect Their Trade Secret

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

It’s not enough that a trade secret isn’t generally known to those who can gain value from it. To qualify for protection in California and the other jurisdictions that use the Uniform Trade Secrets Act definition (and under...more

Non-Compete News: Using Defend Trade Secrets Act, California Court Stops Deletion of Misappropriated Confidential Information

by FordHarrison on

Having just celebrated its one-year anniversary, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) triggered an uptick in federal litigation concerning the fight to protect corporate trade secrets. Though no court has issued the elusive ex...more

Espionage: What if an employee uses his private cell-phone to take unauthorised photos inside the employer’s factory?

by Dentons on

The reason for taking the photos could be quite innocent – or it could be sinister. The innocent reason could be that the employee simply wants to show his friends or family what his workplace looks like. The sinister reason...more

The DTSA and Inevitable Disclosure

A recent decision in the Northern District of Illinois gave life to the inevitable disclosure doctrine under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Inevitable disclosure is a common law doctrine by which a court can prevent a former...more

Don’t “Hire” A Lawsuit: A New Employee’s Misappropriation of Trade Secrets May Quickly Become Your Own

by Fisher Phillips on

Companies commonly assume that they will only be sued for trade secret misappropriation if they or someone from their company steal the “secret sauce” of their competitor. Not true. A far more common way that companies get...more

Court Allows Trade-Secret Misappropriation Claim Based on Inevitable Disclosure

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois allowed one company to sue its direct competitor for misappropriation of trade secrets based entirely on the improper taking of trade secrets...more

State And Federal Trade Secrets Claims Upheld By Northern District Of Illinois

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A May 11, 2017 decision by Judge Chang, in the Northern District of Illinois, found misappropriation alleged under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) and the Illinois Trade Secrets Act (ITSA), in a case where the employee...more

Preparing for the GDPR

by DLA Piper on

Significant changes to data protection law are due to come into force in just over a year's time on 25 May 2018 in the form of a new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR will impact on the way that pension...more

Protecting Intellectual Property from Employee Theft

by Revision Legal on

Business owners who, after an employee dispute or after terminating an employee, have been the victims of intellectual property theft often contact us. Often, the solutions to this problem can be incredibly costly. Here are...more

One Year of the Defend Trade Secrets Act

May 16, 2017 marked the first anniversary of the Defend Trade Secrets Act. What has the year taught us about this new federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation? Here are the top 13 lessons from the first...more

Employee Mobility and Trade Secret Protection in California: What Works and What Doesn’t

by Epstein Becker & Green on

California has always been a challenging jurisdiction for employers in terms of limiting unfair competition by former employees and protecting trade secrets. However, employers in the state can significantly enhance their...more

Protect Your Business: What You Need To Know About The New Defend Trade Secrets Act

by Weintraub Tobin on

Businesses at every level – from Fortune 500 companies to solo-inventor enterprises – rely on trade secret protections to safeguard their intellectual property trade secrets. American companies and innovators now have...more

Agreements Are Not Enough: Reasonable Efforts Needed

Many employers, including construction contractors and material suppliers, attempt to protect their business by having their employees sign non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure, and/or confidentiality agreements....more

Business Law Update - May 2017

by Barley Snyder on

Through June 19, the Pennsylvania Tax Amnesty Program will waive all penalties and slash the interest rate on outstanding tax delinquencies that existed as of the end of 2015. Both the state and the Pennsylvania Department of...more

Japan Legal Update - Volume 24 | April 2017

by Jones Day on

Labor - Japan's Action Plan for the Realization of Work Style Reform - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently held 10 meetings of the "Council for the Realization of Work Style Reform," to discuss reforms to Japan's...more

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