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How is the Venture Community Affected by the Criminalization of Trade Secret Law Under the Economic Espionage Act?

It's a commonplace occurrence in Silicon Valley for skilled employees to move from one company to another, followed quickly by a civil trade secret lawsuit alleging that the employee stole trade secrets from his prior...more

ICO Issues Warning over Misuse of Personal Data

The warning follows the recent Magistrate's Court decision which saw the ICO use its enforcement powers to bring criminal proceedings against a paralegal at a law firm, for unlawfully obtaining personal data. The paralegal...more

To Catch an E-Thief — Under Federal Property Law

As businesses move away from paper documents, courts are poised to broaden ‘conversion’ definition. The fundamental shift for busi­nesses in the past 15 years from paper documents to computer data has forced the courts...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

Making UK Employees Aware of the Perils of Pilfering Their Employers' Confidential Information

Employers need to appreciate and address the fact that employees who remove their employers’ confidential information often do not appear to appreciate the risks of being caught or the potentially very serious consequences of...more

How Website Operators Use CFAA To Combat Data-Scraping

“Web scraping” or “Web harvesting” — the practice of extracting large amounts of data from publicly available websites using automated “bots” or “spiders” — accounted for 18 percent of site visitors and 23 percent of all...more

Federal Prosecutors Bring Criminal Charges against Individual for Alleged HIPAA Violation

Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Texas recently brought criminal charges under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) against a former East Texas hospital employee. The former...more

Riley v. California Advances Individual Privacy Rights in this Digital Age

Employee privacy rights may have received a boost from the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of this year’s term. In Riley v. California, the most recent in a series of criminal search and seizure cases involving technology, the...more

Five Lessons for Employers from California v. Riley

In the waning days of its current term, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in California v. Riley that police officers generally violate the Fourth Amendment's prohibition against unreasonable searches by conducting a...more

Supreme Court Prohibits Warrantless Mobile Phone Searches, Underscores Individual Right to Privacy

The Supreme Court of the United States released a unanimous decision last week barring law enforcement from searching the mobile phones of individuals placed under arrest without first obtaining a search warrant or the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Cell Phone Privacy Decision Deserves Employer Attention

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week in Riley v. California that police generally may not conduct a warrantless search of digital data stored on the cell phone of someone who has been arrested. The...more

GSK Faces a Bad Day at Black Rock

One of my favorite movies is Bad Day at Black Rock. It is one of the few movies to combine elements of film noir into something approaching a traditional Western. It also attacks directly the prejudice and hate against...more

White Collar Watch - June 2014

In This Issue: - Whistleblower’s one-two punch: Confidential informant/employee spurs criminal investigation, then successfully sues individual company owner in qui tam action - Alleged illegal recruiting for...more

Criminal Sentence For Unauthorized Access Of Former Co-Worker’s E-Mail Reduced On Appeal

A terminated employee was convicted of “Mischief to Data” and “Unauthorized use of a Computer” contrary to the Criminal Code after he remotely accessed a former co-worker’s e-mail without her authorization and forwarded...more

David Nosal, Employee Data Theft, and Why Employment Lawyers Should Understand Their Clients' IT Infrastructure

Earlier this month, a federal judge in San Francisco sentenced David Nosal to a year in prison, three years’ supervised release, 400 hours of community service, and $60,000 in fines. His crime? Nosal violated the Computer...more

BREAKING: David Nosal Sentenced To Prison On CFAA Computer Intrusion And Trade Secret Charges

Former Korn/Ferry recruiter David Nosal was sentenced to one year and one day in prison on Wednesday for violating the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Economic Espionage Act. In April, a federal jury in...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

The “I Was Just Trying To Land A New Job” Defense To Criminal Trade Secret Theft Charges

On February 28, 2008, Hanjuan Jin, a Chinese-born former software engineer for Motorola, arrived at Chicago O’Hare Airport en route to Beijing. During a random customs check, officials discovered that she had a one-way...more

Hodgson Russ Helps Clients in Largest-Ever False Claims Act Settlement In Risperdal Lawsuits Against Johnson & Johnson

The Justice Department announced that Johnson & Johnson will pay $1.273 billion to the federal government and most states to settle a civil False Claims Act investigation into its off-label marketing of its antipsychotic drug...more

Printing Hard Copies Of Stolen Source Code: The Difference Between Freedom And Incarceration In The Second Circuit

Whenever an appeals court kicks off a 65-page opinion by describing you (or your client) as a thief, and posits that the question before it is whether you’ve been properly convicted of thievery, you know you’re in trouble. ...more

“Can You Sleep Well at Night?”: Multinational Executives Detained in China Due to Bribery Concerns

Any company doing business in China has to wonder whether they might find themselves in the unwelcome spotlight recently turned on certain participants in China’s pharmaceutical market....more

The Conflicting Rules on Employee Data Theft

In all jurisdictions the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), 18 U.S.C. 1030, the federal computer crime statute, applies to former employees who steal data from the company computer, but in two federal circuits it does not...more

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Rep. Zoe Lofgren Proposes New Legislation, Including A Civil Cause Of Action For Trade Secret Misappropriation

We previously reported on the downpour of recent trade secret activity in Congress. Last week, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Cal.) added to the deluge by introducing two bills bearing on trade secret misappropriation...more

Employers With International Operations Must Take Care to Protect Employee Data

When is the last time your company reviewed its data protection policies? If your company employs any international employees, it may have obligations under foreign laws to have specific safeguards in place....more

Fenwick Employment Brief - May 2013: Software Programmer Criminally Charged For Hacking Former Employer's Network

The federal Department of Justice recently filed criminal charges against a 41-year old software programmer and system manager who hacked into his former employer's computer network, causing $90,000 in damage. The complaint...more

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