No. The 6th Circuit ruled that the list of distributors was not a trade secret because the information was available both on PartyLite’s web site and in the back of the PartyLite distributor magazine, readily available on eBay, complete with sales figures and without any notice that the information was confidential. In order to be a trade secret, the list must be the subject of efforts reasonable under the circumstances to maintain secrecy.
Full case and case summary also available online at: http://www.mlmlegal.com/legal-cases/PartyLiteGiftsInc_v_SwissColonyOccasions.php
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