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As businesses move away from paper documents, courts are poised to broaden ‘conversion’ definition.
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Trade secret misappropriation cases often are won or lost quickly and early at the preliminary injunction stage of the case. However, today we report on the results of a slow moving, long-running trade secret case that...more
A California federal court in Enki Corporation v. Freedman held that a former employee’s access of the employer’s computer systems through his log-in credentials did not amount to unlawful hacking under either the Computer...more
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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
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A Southern District of New York judge has joined the growing trend of federal courts that interpret the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to preclude allow recovery for misappropriation of computer information....more
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A new informational app for the iPad and iPhone to help employers and employees better understand what is a trade secret or a covenant not to compete has been released by Balough Law Offices, LLC.
The Trade Secrets app...more
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The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) has become a powerful weapon in the trade secret litigator’s arsenal. An employee who accesses his or her employer’s computer files in the days or weeks before leaving for a competitor...more
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