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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

Taiwan Food Company, Oil Fraud... and Sherlock Holmes?

Soiled oil taking its toll - Earlier this month, a major Taiwan food company was forced to recall their tainted food products—so countless Taiwanese citizens are eating safer tonight, and it’s all because of a food...more

Leading Pharmaceutical Company Fined $491 Million for Bribery

A Chinese court convicted a large British pharmaceutical company of corruption and bribery while doing business in China. As a result, the company must pay a record-breaking fine of $491 million while each of the implicated...more

Third Circuit Tightens “Original Source” Requirement for Whistleblowers

Back in 2003 Karl Schumann filed a whistleblower suit alleging that as an executive with benefits company Medco, he learned that Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca paid kickbacks to Medco to buy and recommend brand name...more

Silicon Valley Misclassification: ‘New York’ Magazine Focuses on How the 1099 Economy May Be Exposing Tech Start-Up Companies to...

Today’s online edition of New York Magazine’s “Daily Intelligencer” includes a comprehensive article on how Silicon Valley start-up tech companies using “the 1099 model” may be exposed to employment, tax, and benefit law...more

HEAL Advisory: Whistleblowers Rewarded Again by SEC and the Judiciary

On August 29, 2014, two whistleblower developments of particular interest to health care and life science entities emerged from the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals,...more

Brown v. Tellermate: Cloud-based Data and E-discovery

According to PC Magazine, “[i]n the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive.” Cloud-based computing has become a very popular tool...more

Court Was Wrong to Re-Write Covenants

In Prophet v Huggett [2014] ECWA Civ 1013, the Court of Appeal has overturned a recent decision of the High Court in which it had re-written a non-compete covenant to give it commercial effect. You may recall that we...more

Employer Must Defend Against A Wrongful Death Lawsuit For Not Monitoring Employee Computer Use

An Illinois Appellate Court recently held that an employer must defend against a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that it was negligent in failing to investigate death threats that its employee had emailed to his family from...more

Capital Thinking: Health Care

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - On Monday, July 28, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health will hold a markup to consider two bills: H.R. ____, a bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human...more

White Collar Watch - July 2014

In This Issue: - Move over Big Pharma: Health care is not the only industry susceptible to False Claims Act scrutiny - Third Circuit affirms dismissal of False Claims Act suit, citing contract...more

False claims by any other name: Medtronic and Omnicare cases illustrate the interplay between the False Claims Act and other...

- Government allegations of Medtronic’s alleged incentives to physicians for prescribing its medical devices lead company, while denying wrongdoing, to settle False Claims Act suit predicated on Anti-Kickback...more

Appointment of a Data Protection Officer in Germany: You Wanna Avoid Trouble? Then Make Sure You Appoint the Right Person!

Data protection law is on the rise. Courts as well as local authorities become increasingly sensitive to the misuse of any individual’s personal data that applicable statutory provisions in Germany, such as the Federal Data...more

LAG Schleswig-Holstein: Kündigung wegen ausschweifender Internetnutzung trotz 21 Jahren im Betrieb ohne Abmahnung möglich

Einem Arbeitnehmer, der ohne Erlaubnis während der Arbeitszeit den vom Arbeitgeber zur Verfügung gestellten Computer exzessiv für privates ‘Surfen nutzt, kann auch ohne Abmahnung gekündigt werden. Dem stand in einer aktuellen...more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FCA Complaint Based on First-to-File Bar

The First Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of United States ex rel. Wilson v. Bristol-Myers Squibb, Inc. under the False Claims Act’s (“FCA”) “first-to-file” provision, which prohibits any person “other than the...more

Trade Secrets: Made for TV--Former director owes royalty for stealing source code

Acrimony, anger, revenge, piracy, and a legal battle—these are often the ingredients of a prime-time television drama. But in this case, they are not the makings of a plot found on cable, Netflix, or DVD. Instead, they are...more

Tech Titans Settle Wage Antitrust Case

As often happens in the vicinity of courthouse steps, the high-profile Silicon Valley hiring antitrust class-action lawsuit has settled, pending court approval. In re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation originally pitted...more

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

Take 5 Newsletter: 5 Employment Law Considerations in "The Cloud"

What is "the cloud," and what on Earth (pun intended) does cloud computing have to do with employment law? While many definitions abound, cloud computing at its core is a form of remote electronic data storage,...more

USPTO Issues Guidance for Analyzing Subject Matter Eligibility of Claims Reciting Laws of Nature/Natural Principles, Natural...

Earlier today, in a memorandum issued to the Patent Examining Corps by Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy Andrew Hirshfeld, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office implemented a new procedure for determining the...more

Federal Appeals Court Rejects False Claims Act Suit Based on Drug Packaging cGMP Violations

Last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act (“FCA”) case brought against Omnicare. United States ex rel. Rostholder v. Omnicare, Inc., No. 12-2431, 2014 WL 661351...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - February 2014

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

Appellate Court Denies Retirement Benefits To Former Employee After Finding The Employee Violated The Employer's Retirement Plan

In Wall v. Alcon Laboratories, Plaintiff, an employee at Alcon Laboratories, was offered a job with Otonomy, a bio-pharmaceutical company and, in Alcon's view, one of its competitors. Plaintiff accepted the job offer from...more

Fourth Circuit Limits Scope of Employers’ Claims Under Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

In July 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued an important decision limiting the claims employers can bring against disloyal current and former employees under the federal Computer Fraud and...more

Week in Review - January 23, 2014

Anything you say on Facebook can and often will be used against you in a court of law. Technology has not only changed the workplace; it has also changed employment lawsuits. We've provided a link below to an article...more

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