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Departing Employees: Ensuring Protection of Trade Secrets and Intellectual Property

“Knowledge is power” goes the old adage. Well, that is certainly true in the world of business where secret processes, confidential designs, and even a good customer list can give a business a vital commercial edge over its...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act: Recent Developments Raise Questions About Inadvertent Disclosure

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), signed into law last year by President Obama, revolutionized intellectual property law by creating a new civil cause of action permitting trade secret owners to sue for misappropriation...more

DTSA and Ex Parte Seizure – Lessons From The First Ex Parte Seizure Under The DTSA

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) Ex Parte Seizure mechanism allows victims of trade secret misappropriation to quickly prevent further dissemination of confidential information by asking a court to direct federal marshals...more

The Not-So-Secret Recipe: How Restaurants Can Protect Their Trade Secrets

Restaurant fortunes are often attributable to just one or two signature dishes, and recipe ownership dilemmas can arise in restaurants of all sizes. Recent examples include a joint venture gone awry, resulting in a war over...more

Series: Defend Trade Secrets Act | Pleading A Claim Under the DTSA

by Fish & Richardson on

Courts have had over a year to address the pleading requirements under the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), after it took effect in May 2016. The general pleading standard remains the plausibility test under the...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: August 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Wage and Hour - Tenth Circuit Aligns with Cumbie on Tip Credits - In Marlow v. New Food Guy, Inc., No. 16-1134, 861 F. 3d 1157 (10th Cir. June 30, 2017), the court affirmed the district court's ruling, consistent with...more

Illinois Employers Should Not Depend on Blue Penciling to Enforce Restrictive Covenants

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Illinois is one of several jurisdictions that recognizes the authority of courts to blue pencil or judicially modify otherwise unenforceable restrictive covenants to be enforceable. See, e.g. Weitekamp v. Lane, 250 Ill. App....more

Recent Illinois Developments in Employee Non-Compete and Trade Secret Enforcement Actions: What Every Employer Should Know

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Over the past several months, state and federal courts in Illinois have issued several important decisions that will impact employers’ efforts to enforce post-employment restrictive covenants and protect their trade secrets....more

Jones Day’s Review of Business-Related Cases in the Supreme Court’s October Term 2016

by Jones Day on

During what many have labeled a “quiet Term,” the U.S. Supreme Court, working with only eight justices for most of the session, still delivered at least 30 rulings of particular interest to business and industry. These...more

Non-Compete News – Third Circuit Says Tortious Interference with a Non-Compete Requires Actual Knowledge of the Agreement at Issue

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An employer hiring an individual known to be subject to a non-compete contract can expect to be accused of tortiously interfering with that contract. On the other hand, the hiring employer should be innocent of wrongdoing if...more

Courts Continue to Enforce Foreign Non-Competes in California While the Window for Such Agreements Slowly Closes

Contrary to common perception, California employees who signed restrictive covenants prior to January 1, 2017 are not completely immune to enforcement of all restrictions on competition. For the second time in several years,...more

The Third Circuit Addresses the Defend Trade Secrets Act and Appears to Have Applied the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) states very clearly that an injunction issued pursuant thereto may not “prevent a person from entering into an employment relationship,” and that any conditions placed on a former...more

Court Rules Decisively in Battle Between eDiscovery Providers Over Hired Sales Agents: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

In a lawsuit filed by DTI against LDiscovery and four former sales agents of DTI who were hired by LDiscovery, claiming they misappropriated trade secrets, interfered with client relationships and breached their contracts, an...more

Nevada Adds Requirements for Valid Non-Competition Agreements and Allows Blue-Penciling

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On June 3, 2017, Governor Sandoval signed Assembly Bill 276 into law, amending Nevada Revised Statute 613, which governs non-competition agreements. Notably, the law adds requirements to the enforceability and validity of...more

Employment News - July 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

You cannot be serious – application for injunction refused - In NIIT Technologies Ltd v Chaturvedi the High Court turned down an application to enforce a non-solicitation of employees covenant, on the basis that there was...more

Why having a clear understanding with employees is important

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Over the years, we have written a number of articles about the importance of making sure your employment documents contain clear, understandable language. One of our federal district judges was recently faced with an...more

Illinois Federal Court Allows Inevitable Disclosure Theory in Defend Trade Secrets Act Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On May 11, 2017, a Northern District of Illinois federal court ruled that a Plaintiff properly alleged misappropriation under both the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) and the Illinois Trade Secrets Act (ITSA) in a...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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