Federal Circuit Affirms Court of Federal Claims Has Jurisdiction Over “Contract-Based” Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

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In United States Marine, Inc. v. United States, the Federal Circuit recently affirmed a decision by the Fifth Circuit that a federal district court lacked jurisdiction to hear a claim against the federal government for misappropriating trade secrets—even where the claim was first pled in a district court as a tort claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act—because the trade secret protection was grounded in contract.

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