Confidential Information

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Protection of Confidential Commercial Information Affirmed in Freedom of Information Decision

On February 19, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) denied leave to appeal from the judgment of the Alberta Court of Appeal (Court) in Imperial Oil Limited v. Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner). ...more

Can You Keep a Secret? The SEC Says to Ask Carefully

Employers have a lot to be worried about. Employees are given access to trade secrets, customer lists, financial accounts, and other highly sensitive, confidential information. Most employers attempt to deter improper use of...more

Court Makes Important Decision in Privileged Document Case

In many circumstances, courts say that corporations might relinquish privilege protection through internal privileged communications even beyond employees who have a “need to know.” This policy is often criticized because it...more

Entire In-House Legal Department Disqualified Following Lateral Hire - A Closer Look at Dynamic 3D Geosolutions, LLC v....

This court opinion demonstrates that in-house legal departments can and will be treated the same as traditional law firms when it comes to imputation of conflicts and the resulting potential for...more

Competing After Employment (Part 1)

A key employee departs. The employer, worried that confidential information has leaked out of the company, scrambles to respond. After a frenzied period of preparation, the employer starts a lawsuit and seeks an injunction...more

A Non-Insider Trading Case in the District of Massachusetts

Insider trading prosecutions can be difficult. Because of the haphazard and tortuous growth of insider trading law itself, the prosecutions involve proving lots of different pesky elements. Fiduciary duties, materiality,...more

Which Party Should File Motion to Seal in Inter Partes Review?

The PTAB has taken seriously the importance of public accessibility to information underlying an inter partes review proceeding. As such, motions to seal have been trickier to navigate than might have been expected. ...more

Reporting Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals - New BLM Rules and EPA Study Spotlight FracFocus

In the past ten days, the federal government has articulated different views on the utility and effectiveness of FracFocus, a website used by many operators to report the chemicals used to fracture their wells. In its final...more

Five Big IP Considerations for Growing Businesses

Entrepreneurs starting their businesses often follow a well-beaten path to get their companies off the ground, balancing the need to keep legal costs low against the necessity of some initial investment. ...more

15 Things To Do To Protect Value After April 15

April 15, a date that lives in infamy. That is what FDR said about December 7, 1941, but many people feel the same way about April 15, also known as “Tax Day”. No one likes paying money to the IRS, even those persons who...more

Navigating Protective Order and Prosecution Bar Issues in BPCIA Litigation

Protective orders preventing litigation counsel from participating in the prosecution of litigation-related patents are commonplace. The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”), for example, provides a...more

DEFENSES AGAINST FOIA: Non-Profit Planned Parenthood Succeeds In Keeping Operations Manual Secret

When inquiring minds want to know, non-profit organizations now have a stronger response.  Last year, we posed the question: Can a non-profit maintain trade secrets and other confidential commercial information? The First...more

District Court Denies Unopposed Request to Seal Exhibits Where Only Justification for Sealing Was That Parties Designated the...

Defendant Ericsson filed an unopposed motion for leave to file its motion to strike certain paragraphs of a supplemental expert report for the plaintiff under seal. Although the request was unopposed, the district court...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Accountant is Holder of Privilege, No Testamentary Exception

Late in the March term, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Brunton v. Kruger, an opinion with potentially significant implications for Illinois accountants. Brunton posed three related questions about the...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Information Provided to a CPA Is Privileged Information Held by the Accountant Alone

In examining the issue of the accountant-client privilege for the first time, the Supreme Court of Illinois recently ruled that the privilege belongs to the accountant, not the client. In Brunton v. Kruger, 2015 IL 117663...more

Protecting food industry innovations as the scope of patentable subject matter narrows

Strong intellectual property increases the value of a company. Copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets are some avenues to protect intellectual property, but understanding when they’re available and understanding...more

EPA and FDA Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Share Data

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Information Sharing regarding the sharing of data and other confidential...more

Protecting the Identity of Your LLC Members & LP Partners in Litigation, Part II: Strategies for Discovery

You want to protect the identity of your business’ owners, but your opponent issued discovery requesting a copy of your organizational chart and/or information on the identities of your LLC members or LP partners. You are...more

TSCA Reform: Detailed Analysis of Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act: Significant Changes Made to...

The Senate over the past several years has considered a number of legislative texts to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). These include the Safer Chemicals Act, several versions of which were introduced by Senator...more

ISO’s Cloud Privacy Standard: A Guide for Lawyers’ “Reasonable Efforts” to Protect Client Information

Rule 1.1 of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct requires that all lawyers provide “competent representation to a client.” In August 2012, the ABA added new language to Model Rule 1.1, comment 8: To maintain the...more

Court Concludes That Access to Privileged Document by Employees Without a "Need to Know" Does Not Destroy Privilege Protection

Many courts hold that corporations might waive their privilege protection through purely internal circulation of privileged communications — beyond those employees with a "need to know." ...more

When Is Confidential Really Confidential?

A business’ confidential information is its life-blood. It is often the ingredients for a competitive economic advantage. But, if a business does not take steps to protect against use and dissemination of such information,...more

A Different Kind of Data Breach—Loss or Disclosure of Company Information by Employee Theft

Data breaches are all over the news, but those stories most often cover high-profile cybersecurity breaches that result from the malicious efforts of hackers or other outsiders. Just as insidious, and more likely to occur,...more

NLRB Restricts Company From Requiring Employee to Keep Performance Improvement Plan Confidential

When faced with performance or disciplinary issues, human resource professionals often turn to use of a performance improvement plan (PIP) as a method to explain to employees problems with their work and expectations for...more

Blog: 10 Considerations to Protect Confidential Information When Selling Your Company

It’s inevitable that you will have to share some confidential information with potential buyers during the course of a sale process. Anyone thinking about buying your business will want to do at least some level of diligence...more

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