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Federal Court Ruling in Pa. Narrows Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

A Pennsylvania federal magistrate judge has tossed an employer’s claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), holding that the CFAA does not extend to punish employees for the misuse of information that was accessed...more

Stop And Smell The Trade Secrets

What do Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and Celine Dion all have in common? Until recently, their own unique perfumes produced by Givaudan Fragrances Corporation, the largest flavor and fragrance manufacturer in the world. ...more

There Must be Proof in That Trade Secret Pudding

Okay, maybe the word "proof" is a bit too strong. But a recent decision from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida makes clear that trade secret claims must be based upon more than mere...more

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION EDITION: As Americans Trudge To The Gym, We Review Trade Secrets Fights In The “New You” Industry

The gyms are packed, the diet cookbooks are flying off the shelves, and smokers are struggling to kick the habit. It’s the resolution season, and surveys say half of the top 10 most popular new year’s goals aim for better...more

Court Requires Employer To Pay Legal Fees Of Ex-Employee Charged With Trade Secret Theft

On October 16, 2013, a federal judge in New Jersey ruled that Goldman Sachs must advance the legal fees of a former employee charged with stealing Goldman’s source code. The order is the latest twist in a case that...more

Ice Storms, My Secret Internet And Other Myths

Winter is around the corner. On the calendar, however, it’s not yet here. Surely Mother Nature is aware of this. Still, an ice storm currently engulfs large swaths of our nation and is leaving many of us without power or...more

Divorces, Community Property and Patents — the Problem of the Ex-Spouse

Many universities have standard patent assignment agreements that assign inventions of a university employee to the university. But what if the inventor is married? Or, what if the inventor marries during his or her...more

Voluntary Work Held to be Work for Hire in World of Warcraft Suit

In Lewis v. Activision Blizzard, Inc., No. 4:12-cv-01096-CW (N.D. Cal. Oct. 17, 2013), an employee of Blizzard brought suit against the company for copyright infringement, alleging ownership of voiceover work used in the...more

California Appellate Court Reaffirms the Trade Secret Displacement (Preemption) Doctrine

Courts continue to define the scope of the emerging trade secret displacement doctrine, (commonly referred to as preemption) which stems from California's Uniform Trade Secrets Act ("UTSA"). The UTSA contains a relatively...more

Excuse Me Judge, Could I Be Heard On That?

A few months ago, I filed a motion for a TRO on behalf of a client. I thought I had a pretty rock-solid case. My client had discovered that in the weeks and months leading up to the resignation of a former employee, the...more

California Court of Appeal Clarifies the Limits of Statutory Trade Secret Displacement (Supersession)

In a case whose facts plainly compelled the outcome, California’s Fourth Appellate District held on October 15, 2013 in Angelica Textile Services, Inc. v. Jaye Park, No. D062405 that a claim for trade secret misappropriation...more

The Supreme Court: Cases to Watch in the October 2013 Term

This week marks the first Monday in October, which for Supreme Court watchers is a holiday: the start of a new term. While not everyone gets that excited about the new term, there are several cases that the Court intends to...more

Inevitable Disclosure of Trade Secrets Doctrine Still Disfavored In New York

While New York law in theory recognizes the "inevitable disclosure" doctrine, a federal district court there, in Janus et Cie v. Andrew Kahnke, recently reinforced the state's hostility to the doctrine by dismissing an...more

Bring-Your-Own-Device: Are Employers Opening the Door to Security and Legal Risks?

According to a recent press release by Gartner, Inc., a global technology research and advisory company, half of all employers are expected to require their employees to supply their own devices for work by 2017. A...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #30

We are pleased to present the 30th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month we highlight cases discussing federal pleading standards, the intersection of patent law and antitrust...more

Court Affirms Arbitrator’s Decision To Preclude Party From Defending Against Claim As Sanction For Fabricating Evidence

In a decision that confirms arbitrators’ broad discretion to not only fashion remedies, but also fashion sanctions, the Minnesota Court of Appeals held that an arbitrator did not exceed his power by issuing a severe sanction:...more

"Business Cases in the US Supreme Court"

The U.S. Supreme Court recently closed its 2012 term with its usual headline-grabbing flurry of June decisions. Several of those decisions, as well as many more that received less publicity, will affect business interests. In...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2013: Allegedly “Rogue” Employees Expose Employer to Potential Misappropriation Liability

Even though a company took proactive steps to ensure new employees did not bring or use a former employer’s information to their new job, the company may still be on the hook for the subsequent misconduct of allegedly “rogue”...more

Global Connection - May 2013

International trade is critical to our global economy and importers and exporters should stay apprised of new developments, restrictions and potential pitfalls to ensure they remain in compliance with a myriad of laws and...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #27

We are pleased to present the 27th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight stories that will have an impact on business, commerce and litigation, including the...more

Florida Court Reverses Preliminary Injunction On Restrictive Covenant

If you have followed this blog, then you likely already know that restrictive covenants are legal and enforceable in Florida. You should also know that – although enforceable – restrictive covenants are strictly construed...more

Employee Wrongfully Terminated for Refusing to Engage in Criminal Copyright Infringement

Adam Young worked for an architecture firm, Nortex Foundation Designs Inc. in Fort Worth Texas as a drafter. He was hired in 2001 and designed foundation plans based on copyrighted architectural designs that Nortex provided...more

Cyber Security: The long arm of the law gets a little longer

New case from the second circuit in NY - Multinational companies, like hotel companies, often face challenges in enforcing claims against their employees and agents located in foreign jurisdictions. In December 2012, a...more

The Computer Fraud And Abuse Act, And Protecting Employer’s Electronic Data

The Southern District of New York recently joined a number of other jurisdictions in foreclosing one avenue of recovery for employers seeking to recover against employees who steal company information for competitors. In...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #26

We are pleased to present the 26th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision favoring the emerging gray market, arbitration of...more

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