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Did Sony Let the Terrorists Win?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’ve probably heard about the hoopla caused by the new Seth Rogen and James Franco movie called the interview. The movie follows a plot to assassinate North Korean dictator...more

The Interview: Cyber Attacks and The First Amendment

The fallout from a massive cyber attack on Sony in November escalated tremendously this week. After exposing embarrassing emails and confidential company information, stealing the screenplay for an upcoming James Bond movie,...more

Mingling Employee Smartphone and Company Work Product Can be Dangerous

Many people will receive new smartphones as presents this month. Think carefully as an employer before allowing your employees to mingle work and pleasure on the same phone....more

Confidentiality Agreements Not Enforceable in Absence of Reasonable Efforts to Preserve Confidentiality

nClosures Inc. v. Block and Company, Inc. - Applying Illinois law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reminded prospective business partners that non-disclosure agreements will not be effective by...more

2014 EEOC Year In Review: Lots Of Action, Mixed Results

2014 has been a notable year for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The agency has initiated historic litigation, issued significant new guidance and signaled increased scrutiny of background checks and...more

Arizona Supreme Court Holds the Arizona Uniform Trade Secrets Act Does Not Preempt Tort Claims Based on Misappropriation of...

On November 19, 2014, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled in Orca Communications Unlimited, LLC v. Noder that the Arizona Uniform Trade Secrets Act (AUTSA) does not preempt common law tort claims for misappropriation of...more

Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Documents in Response to a Public Records Act Request Converts the Document Into a Public...

The Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, delivered a sobering reminder to public agencies to carefully review documents produced in response to the Public Records Act (“PRA”) to avoid disclosure of documents protected...more

50,000 Reasons for Employees to Think Twice Before Taking Their Employer's Copyright Works and Confidential Information

An ex-employee was recently ordered to pay his former employer AUD50,000 in damages after the Federal Court (Court) held that the employee had infringed copyright and breached his employment agreement and duty of...more

PTAB Applies Balancing Test in Deciding Motions to Seal Evidence

Search Am., Inc. v. TransUnion Intelligence, LLC - In an recent covered business method (CBM) patent review proceeding, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) denied the parties’...more

Consent is Key for BYOD

With Black Friday behind us and holiday shopping still heating up, ‘tis the season when many of us will acquire new gadgets and technology to power our digitally-enhanced lives. For businesses, this time of year also means...more

New York Court Expands Application Of Common Interest Privilege In Case Involving M&A Transaction

Expanding the law in New York governing the attorney client privilege, New York’s intermediate appellate court held last week that anticipated or pending litigation is not a necessary prerequisite to invoking the common...more

Your $9/hr Employees Should Not Have Non-Competes

Twenty years ago, non-compete agreements were a useful tool that was seldom used. Corporate leaders and insiders would have non-compete agreements. Senior executives--- they would have non-compete agreements. Employees who...more

Five Intellectual Property Considerations for Startups - Part I

A successful startup provides a solution to a market need. Typically, the solution involves a new or improved device or technique. As a startup defines and develops its solution, intellectual property (IP) becomes a core...more

LITIGATION ALERT: Can Employers Prohibit Employees From Discussing Their Salaries?

As we approach the end of the year, many employers are in the process of completing annual performance reviews and making decisions related to employee compensation. As a result of normal water cooler talk and office...more

To disclose or not to disclose? Litigation privilege on reports commissioned by insolvency practitioners

Key points: - If a document attracts litigation privilege, it does not have to be produced to the other party in litigation as part of the disclosure process. - The material must be confidential, made for the...more

Arizona Supreme Court Limits Preemptive Sweep of Arizona’s Trade Secrets Act

The Arizona Supreme Court decided yesterday in Orca Communications Unlimited v. Noder that Arizona’s version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, A.R.S. § 44-401 et seq., does not preempt common law tort claims for...more

Just In Time for the Holidays: More Security Requirements From NIST

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published draft recommendations aimed at securing the confidentiality of sensitive federal information located within non-federal entities’ information technology...more

Agencies Beware: Supreme Court Leans Toward Air Marshal Whistleblower in Oral Argument

On November 4, 2014, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dep’t of Homeland Security v. MacLean, bringing closer to an end the lengthy dispute between Robert MacLean and his former employer, the Transportation Security...more

When It Comes to Confidentiality Agreements, Just Getting the Signature Is Not Enough

Automotive suppliers and other manufacturers frequently have to share their valuable intellectual property with third parties. A supplier might need to share CAD files with another supplier to ensure that the finished product...more

Status Updates - November 2014 #3

..Lyfted documents? Uber and Lyft, two ride-sharing companies that are both expanding rapidly and trying to take business away from traditional taxis in cities across the nation, have never been on the best of terms. Their...more

Proposed Revisions to the DoD’s FOIA Procedures

It is common for Government contractors to utilize the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain documents relevant to their business development, operations, and – often – claims. While FOIA requests can be a...more

Don’t Throw It Away: A Company May Not Have Rights to Confidential Information It Puts in the Garbage

Greenpeace, Inc. v. The Dow Chemical Co. - In an opinion that should remind us all of the importance of properly disposing of documents, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of Greenpeace’s...more

NLRB Rules Tiffany & Co. Privacy Policy Violated the NLRA

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) took a jeweler’s loupe to high-end jewelry designer Tiffany and Company’s privacy policy (the “Policy”), and ruled that the Policy violated the National Labor Relations Act...more

How to Respond to SEC Inquiries Concerning Data Breach and Data Security Policies

Every company, whether public or private, has exposure to potential data breach or theft of confidential information. When this occurs, various state and federal regulatory organizations have jurisdiction over ensuring that...more

The Major Threat Presented by a Tiny Thumb Drive

In our modern, ever-electronic, workplace, it continues to become ever-easier for dishonest employees to help themselves to their employer’s most sensitive and valuable assets through wholesale electronic copying of...more

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