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A “Virtual” Home Is Not a Home: Court Sanctions Plaintiffs for “Reckless Disregard” in Deciding the Proper Forum for Their...

by Orrick - NorCal IP Group on

Usually, one benefit of being a plaintiff is deciding in what forum to pursue litigation. Generally, even a foreign-based plaintiff may pursue litigation in a U.S. forum where a defendant may be found or in which there is a...more

Insurance Recovery Group News: Bad Faith Ruling Against The Travelers Affirmed In Massachusetts

by Murtha Cullina on

Recently the Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld a ruling that The Travelers Companies Inc. violated the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act, M.G.L. c. 93A, as well as the Massachusetts unfair claims settlement practices...more

Changes to Public Records Act Reshape Duties of Government Contractors

Recent amendments to Florida's Public Records Act both clarify and alter a contractor's responsibilities under the Act. The 2016 amendment to the Act applies to contracts with a public agency entered into or amended on or...more

Employment Alert: "Federal Protection of Trade Secrets - the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

Earlier this year, Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act ("DTSA"), a comprehensive amendment of existing legislation that previously addressed economic espionage and now provides for a private federal civil cause of...more

New Federal Law Protects Trade Secrets

by LeClairRyan on

A company’s trade secrets are its lifeblood, but they are valuable only if they remain secret. Faced with a growing rise in theft from foreign hackers, nation states, and rogue employees, trade secret owners now have a new...more

Texas Appellate Court Affirms Injunctive Relief and $2.8 Million Award in Attorney’s Fees Against Former Employee in Trade Secret...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

A Texas Court of Appeals held on August 22, 2016, that a former employer was entitled to $2.8 million in attorney’s fees against a former employee who used the employer’s information to compete against it. The Court reached...more

Attention, Businesses! Federal Law Provides New Tools for Protecting Your Trade Secrets

by Lane Powell PC on

Your business’s formula for success may not be akin to a recipe for a secret sauce. But it is likely that you do not want to share with your direct competitors the unique business methods you have developed over time or your...more

MoFo IP Newsletter - August 2016

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Supreme Court Abolished Federal Circuit's Test for Willfulness - On June 13, 2016, in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 579 U.S. ___ (2016), the Supreme Court unanimously abrogated the Federal Circuit’s...more

Defend Trade Secrets Notification Requirement

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Most companies are aware that President Obama recently signed into law new federal trade secret protection, entitled the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). The DTSA provides protection for trade secrets similar to that found in...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2016

Employer Is Entitled To Recover $4 Million In Attorney's Fees From EEOC - CRST Van Expedited, Inc. v. EEOC, 578 U.S. ___, 136 S. Ct. 1642 (2016) - The EEOC filed suit against CRST (a trucking company) alleging...more

Intellectual Property Law - June 2016

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: An Overview - Why it matters: The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) was signed into law on May 11, 2016 and gives trade secret owners a federal cause of action for injunctive...more

Implementing the Whistleblower Immunity Notice Provision under the Recently-Enacted Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act

The Defend Trade Secrets Act, signed into law on May 11, 2016, includes a whistleblower immunity notice provision. An employer that wants to preserve maximum recoveries for misappropriation against an employee should take...more

Leading Cases on Chapter 93A

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Nearly all business disputes in Massachusetts are governed by Chapter 93A. The winning plaintiff under Chapter 93A is entitled to an automatic award of its attorney's fees, and may be awarded up to three times its actual...more

Trade Secret Legislation Reintroduced in Congress (3rd Time)

by Fisher Phillips on

Maybe the third time is the charm. After trying twice before, Congress is making another run at creating a federal claim for trade secret misappropriation. A bipartisan group of legislators from both congressional chambers,...more

Early Dismissal of Trade Secret Lawsuit May Help Defeat Claim for Attorney’s Fees

by Smith Anderson on

A lawsuit asserting intellectual property claims and violations of a non-competition and non-solicitation agreement played a dominant role in the second season of HBO’s comedy “Silicon Valley.” Throughout the season, it was...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2015

by Fenwick & West LLP on

California’s Eraser Law: What IP Attorneys and Owners Need to Know - Hector recently graduated from UC Berkeley and is anxious about his upcoming job interview. He is about to enter the adult world. But he has also got...more

Attorney’s Fees Awarded in “Nonsensical” Trade Secrets Case - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. v. Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Upholding an award of more than $180,000 in attorneys’ fees under the California Uniform Trade Secret Act (CUTSA) for bringing a bad faith misappropriation claim, the California Court of Appeal found that “Cypress filed a...more

Trade Secrets Misappropriation Suit Over Solicitation of Employees - Cypress Semiconductor Corporation v. Maxim Integrated...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Cypress Semiconductor Corporation v. Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., the California Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court’s award of $180,817.50 in attorneys’ fees plus costs to Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. as the...more

California Court of Appeals Awards Attorneys' Fees to Defendant For Misappropriation of Trade Secrets Claim Brought in Bad Faith

by Littler on

A California appellate court recently affirmed the trial court’s ruling in Cypress Semiconductor Corporation v. Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. that the defendant (“Maxim”) was entitled to attorney’s fees under California...more

Two Cases: Mixed Success In Getting Fees Awarded In The NC Business Court

by Brooks Pierce on

There's nothing better than winning a case or a motion in Court and to then follow that up with an award of attorneys' fees. On that subject, two rulings in the Business Court last week addressed the award of attorneys'...more

Business Litigation Reporter -- June 2014

by Goodwin on

Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation sessions and related courts throughout the country – courts within which...more

Court Requires Employer To Pay Legal Fees Of Ex-Employee Charged With Trade Secret Theft

On October 16, 2013, a federal judge in New Jersey ruled that Goldman Sachs must advance the legal fees of a former employee charged with stealing Goldman’s source code. The order is the latest twist in a case that...more

California Employment Law Notes - November 2013

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Employer Was Entitled To "Substantial Motivating Factor" Jury Instruction - Alamo v. Practice Mgmt. Info. Corp., 219 Cal. App. 4th 466 (2013) - In one of the first appellate opinions to consider the new jury...more

Goldman Ordered to Advance Defense Fees for Former Employee Accused of Stealing Computer Codes

by Cozen O'Connor on

On October 16, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, in Aleynikov v. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., found that a former vice president and computer programmer was an “officer” of Goldman Sachs & Co.,...more

Texas Joins 47 Other States to Adopt the Uniform Trade Secrets Act

by Baker Donelson on

On May 2, 2013, Governor Rick Perry signed the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (TUTSA), a substantially similar law to the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA). The adoption of UTSA goes into effect on September 1, 2013, and...more

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