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Businesses Encouraged to Adopt Social Media Policies

Many business owners, particularly those with a limited marketing budget or no marketing plan, view access to social media as free marketing. What could be better? Ask paid employees to get out the “buzz” as an assignment....more

New Strings Attached: LinkedIn Contacts Are Now Trade Secrets?

From a birds-eye view, Cellular Accessories For Less, Inc. v. Trinitas, LLC appears to be a typical dispute between an employer and its former employee. However, a closer look reveals an issue new to the world of trade...more

I’m New – And It’s No [Trade] Secret

Greetings – I am pleased to join this group and I wish to extend my sincere thanks to Nicole Bernabo for her contributions. I hope I can meet the standard that Nicole set on this blog. For a little background on what...more

Are LinkedIn Contacts The Employer's Trade Secrets?

A federal district court in California held in Cellular Accessories For Less, Inc. v. Trinitas LLC that whether LinkedIn contact information can be an employer's trade secret is a factual dispute that must be decided by a...more

BYOD In Australia - Cool, Cheap And (Potentially) Catastrophic!

THE ALLURE OF THE POTENTIAL COST SAVINGS OF BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE PROGRAMS IS TOO GREAT FOR MANY AUSTRALIAN ORGANISATIONS TO RESIST. Not only do the financials of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs look good (the...more

The Major Threat Presented by a Tiny Thumb Drive

In our modern, ever-electronic, workplace, it continues to become ever-easier for dishonest employees to help themselves to their employer’s most sensitive and valuable assets through wholesale electronic copying of...more

Top of Mind - October 2014: Editor's Choice

BYOD: cool but dangerous – 3 HIPAA Security Rule challenges, 7 key precautions - Companies and employees like the idea of bring your own device (BYOD) policies that allow employees to use their personal mobiles for...more

New CA Law Gives Refineries Broad Authority to Designate Maintenance Records Trade Secrets

Ah, what would corporations give to be able to have trade secret protections for their information simply by declaring it a trade secret? For oil refineries in California, that dream may now be a reality....more

In Alabama, Non-Competes Must be Executed On or After an Employee’s Start Date

Applying Alabama law, the Eleventh Circuit issued an opinion that found Alabama’s statute prohibiting restraints on trade prohibits the enforcement of a non-compete agreement executed just prior to an employee’s start date....more

Federal Trade Secrets Protection — Finally Something Both Parties Can Agree On

In recent months, two bipartisan bills have been introduced in Congress providing for a Federal civil remedy for trade secret misappropriation — the Defend Trade Secrets Act , introduced in the Senate in April, and the Trade...more

Derek Jeter Retires: Can He Compete?

For two decades Yankees fans and baseball aficionados everywhere have reveled in Derek Jeter’s statesmanship and poise. Jeter exemplified leadership. Despite having played alongside several teammates embroiled in controversy,...more

Is a LinkedIn Contact List a Trade Secret? Potentially, Yes

As a LinkedIn user, the decision concerning whether to share your entire list of connections with any individual connection can often implicate a number of strategic questions. As of May 2014, LinkedIn boasts 300 million...more

Protecting Your UK Business Against Departing Employees

Departing employees can represent a significant threat to UK business. This is particularly so in the case of senior managers and employees who have access to confidential information or who exert influence over key...more

Patent Office Scandal Identifies Ongoing Need For Whistleblower Hotline Providers & Wage and Hour Training

Have you been following the recent scandal at the US Patent Office? It’s been an interesting case to watch. In late August, the Commerce Department sent a memo to 47,000 employees reminding them that “erroneous...more

Employee’s LinkedIn Contacts Once Again Become Focus of Trade Secrets Claim

Following up on the piece I wrote with Jim Ninivaggi, “Whose LinkedIn Profile is it Anyway,” the information contained in an employee’s LinkedIn contacts were discussed in the context of trade secrets in a recent California...more

She Liked It. She Really, Really Liked It: Federal District Court Holds Facebook Fan Page Manager Doesn’t Own “Likes”

A federal district court broke new social media law ground in August 2014 when it held in favor of the cable network Black Entertainment Television (BET) in a suit brought by the founder of an unofficial Facebook fan page for...more

OCAHO Significantly Reduces Fine After Finding No Unauthorized Employees

On June 30, 2014, the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), which is responsible for review of penalties imposed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for I-9 compliance violations,...more

Flash Boy’s luck runs out: Aleynikov takes his legal fees battle back to trial court

The last time TSW readers heard from Sergey “Flash Boy” Aleynikov, the underdog high-frequency trading guru had fought the law to a rare win: the New York State Supreme Court had tossed a raft of evidence in his second...more

Joan Rivers and Non-Competition Agreements: Can We Talk?

Ms. Rivers’ self-deprecating nature and ability to use laughter to put people either at ease or to otherwise coerce them to divulge information often resulted in her getting the scoop. This unique ability allowed her to...more

Business Law Newsletter - Septermber 2014

In This Issue: - Monkeying around with Copyright Laws - Who can Own a Copyright? - Restrictions in Franchise Agreements Narrowly Construed - The Eight Corners Rule and the District of Columbia -...more

Three Point Shot

Female Football Player Throws Flag at LFL over Bare Wages - The three-year championship run of the Los Angeles Temptation was snapped in 2013 when the upstart Chicago Bliss, led by the quarterback and two-time league...more

The California Myth About Non-Compete Agreements

Non-compete agreements remain an important and viable tool for the protection of proprietary business information and trade secrets. Are non-compete agreements enforceable if your key employee takes a position with a...more

Rolling the Dice with Casino VIP Lists

In the competitive world of land-based casinos, high roller “VIP” players are courted with a host of special perks and privileges. A casino’s proprietary VIP customer list represents one of its most valuable assets, almost...more

Employers on Either Side of Employee Poaching Should Consider Taking Some (Rather Easy) Steps to Better Protect Themselves

Recently, litigation consultant TrialGraphix Inc. sued its competitor FTI Consulting, Inc. and four former high-ranking employees in New York Supreme Court for allegedly scheming to steal its trade secrets and gain access to...more

Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter – #43

We are pleased to present the 43rd edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent cases that address whistleblower protections under the Dodd-Frank Act, trade...more

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