Missouri Court Paves the Way for Federal Jurisdiction for Claims of Misappropriation of Electronic Information by Departing Employees

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A federal judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri issued a ruling affecting the remedies an employer may seek when a departing employee misappropriates information stored electronically in Lasco Foods, Inc. v. Hall and Shaw Sales, Marketing, & Consulting, LLC.1 The court broadly interpreted the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA),2 paving the way for a federal remedy for employers whose former employees delete and/or steal company information.

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