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California Supreme Court Rules that Texts and Emails on Personal Devices May Be Considered Public Records

The California Supreme Court recently held in City of San Jose v. Superior Court, California Supreme Court Case No. S218066, that public employees' digital messages existing in private electronic devices (e.g., smartphones...more

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Company Claims Against Former Executive For Unlawful Access to Email

A terminated executive who accessed co-worker emails in the process of reporting possible company wrongdoing lost his appeal on several grounds. In Brown Jordan Intl, Inc. v. Carmicle, the Eleventh Circuit found that the...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: March 2017

Last week, sexual harassment and sex discrimination received significant media attention. The Washington Post revealed statements made by 250 current and former employees of Sterling Jewelers, parent company to Kay Jewelers...more

California Supreme Court Rules that Public Business Conducted on Personal Devices Result in Public Records

In a major development impacting all public entities subject to the California Public Records Act (Gov. Code § 6250 et seq., hereafter “CPRA”), on March 2, 2017, the California Supreme Court unanimously held that public...more

Florida Private Sector Whistleblower Must Show Actual Violation of Law

The Southern District of Florida recently held that to establish a prima facie case under the Florida Private Whistleblower Act (FWA), § 448.102(3), Fla. Stat., a plaintiff must show an actual violation of a law, rule or...more

First Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Defendant, Rejecting the Use of Aggregate Data to Prove False Claims and Clarifying the...

The First Circuit has issued an opinion affirming a complete grant of summary judgment for Pfizer, Inc. in United States ex rel. Booker v. Pfizer Inc., No. 16-1805 (1st Cir. Jan. 30, 2017), a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit...more

Employer (Still) Has No Duty to Protect Confidential Information

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center continues to get support from the court system in a data breach suit that affected more than 60,000 former and current employees, as Barley Snyder attorneys continue to follow the...more

Arming Employers Against Internal Hackers, the 11th Circuit Clarifies CFAA’s “Loss” Requirement

The Eleventh Circuit ruled last week in a wrongful discharge turned Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) case, spinning the employee’s case against his employer on its head. The facts of Brown Jordan International, Inc. v....more

BYOD – Another reasonable basis for discovery about discovery

I still remember typewriters. Heck, I still remember carbon paper, mimeographs and bag phones. Would a company, “back in the day”, have ever asked an employee, “hey, we need you to bring your own typewriter, desk,...more

Federal Court Rejects Foreign Employee’s Attempt to Avoid Forum Selection Clause on Grounds He Signed Under Duress Upon Arriving...

Earlier this fall, the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts transferred an employee’s declaratory judgment action to the Eastern District of Michigan pursuant to a forum-selection clause in a non-compete agreement over the...more

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rules ‘Misguided,’ ‘Unlawful’ and Must be Blocked, Says Texas Lawsuit – TRO Hearing Scheduled for...

Several large construction and security industry groups have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to block the heavily criticized Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673 and...more

Wearable Device Data: The Next Big Thing for Employment Litigation Cases

Wearable device data may be the next big thing in the world of evidence for employment cases since social media. Given that it has already been used in personal injury and criminal cases, it is only a matter of time before...more

Lawsuit by Algorithm, the Latest Big Data Rage

Algorithms and bots run our lives; we just may not know it. They help choose our music, buy our diapers and tell us when it’s time to change the water filter. Algorithms may someday determine when you or your company gets...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: September 2016

Last week, it was reported that 10,000 Chipotle workers have joined the class action against the Tex Mex chain for unpaid wages, claiming Chipotle routinely made them work off the clock. That’s roughly one in five Chipotle...more

Déjà Vu Not All Over Again: Ninth Circuit Strengthens CFAA In Nosal II

On July 5, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its highly anticipated decision in the most recent chapter of United States v. Nosal, holding that an individual acts "without authorization" as used in the Computer...more

U.S. Court in Louisiana Remands Advance Stores Co. Data Breach Class Action to State Court

In a case with a familiar fact pattern, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana refused to find that permitting Plaintiff to proceed in Louisiana state court was “futile” on Article III standing...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act: Significant Recent Changes to Intellectual Property Law May Provide New Avenues for Protecting...

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), marking one of largest changes to intellectual property law since the America Invents Act of 2011. This legislation will allow companies...more

Quirky Question #283: They Stole Our Stuff, Can We Sue?

Question: My company recently terminated an employee, and we are very worried she accessed her email inappropriately in the days before she was fired. The timing of it all is … well, quirky. Here’s what happened: The...more

Unprecedented High Court Decision Orders the Destruction of Confidential Information on the Defendants’ Computers

The High Court in Arthur J. Gallagher Services (UK) Limited and others v Skriptchenkov and others [2016] EWHC 603, granted 11 February a mandatory injunction ordering the inspection and imaging of electronic devices and...more

Right to Privacy in Disciplinary Proceedings

In Garamukanwa v Solent NHS Trust UKEAT/0245/15, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether an employee had a reasonable expectation of privacy in respect of material on his mobile phone during disciplinary...more

New Defend Trade Secrets Act Brings Need to Adjust Employment Contracts, Policies and Handbooks

Trade secret theft, much of it cyber-theft, annually costs American businesses roughly $320 billion, the value of all U.S. exports to Asia each year. The “Defend Trade Secrets Act” became effective Thursday, May 12, 2016. ...more

Settlers and Snitches: Sony Breaks Ranks in Hollywood Wage-Fixing Claims

I previously wrote about two wage-fixing class actions, where some of the largest high-tech and Hollywood companies conspired not to hire one another’s employees to keep wages low. Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe attempted to...more

German Labor Court Allows Review of Employee’s Browsing History

European courts continue to clarify the right of employers to review their employees’ emails. As we discussed previously, the European Court of Human Rights and the National Labor Relations Board of the U.S. have recognized...more

California Appeals Court Provides Guidance on the Use of Electronic Signatures by Employees

In many companies, new employees sign key documents and policies—including arbitration agreements—with the use of electronic signatures. There has been a growing trend in litigation brought by former employees to challenge...more

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