Litigation Alert: FLIR Systems, Inc. v. Parrish

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The California Court of Appeal’s recent opinion in FLIR Sys., Inc. v. Parrish, ___ Cal. App. 4th ___, 2009 Cal. App. LEXIS 943 (2d Dist. June 15, 2009) reinforces the need for careful deliberation in determining when and where to seek injunctive relief against trade secret misappropriation by former employees. The court affirmed a judgment both denying an injunction and awarding the ex-employees $1,641,216.78 in attorneys’ fees where their former employer was found to have sought an injunction in bad faith—since misappropriation was possible but not actually “threatened” within the meaning of California’s Uniform Trade Secret Act (“CUTSA,” or Civil Code § 3426).

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