The facts of the case read like a garden-variety civil trade secret dispute. David Nosal had worked for the executive search firm Korn/Ferry International, which he left to start a competing firm. Soon after leaving the firm, Nosal engaged three Korn/Ferry employees to help set up the rival company. Those employees downloaded information about executive candidates from Korn/Ferry’s password-protected leads database and provided that information to Nosal. All Korn/Ferry employees had been required to sign employment agreements prohibiting disclosure of such information.
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