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It’s The End of the World as We Know It: Life after Non-Competes in Massachusetts (Why You Should Feel Fine)

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced a new economic plan and filed legislation which included a plan to eliminate non-competition agreements. The plan was quickly applauded and criticized by those in the...more

Daughter’s Facebook Post Leads to Costly Breach by Father of a Confidentiality Clause in His Settlement Agreement With Former...

A recent decision by a Florida appeals court, Gulliver Schools, Inc. v. Snay, stands as a stark reminder of the perils of trying to maintain confidentiality in the age of social media where news can travel faster than the...more

Tax Information Exchange Litigation in Offshore Jurisdictions

There have been a number of decisions published recently by the courts in various international financial centres such as Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Jersey and Singapore, that have considered the meaning and effect of...more

Properly Analyzing Breach of a NDA - Loftness Specialized Farm Equip., Inc. v. Twiestmeyer

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has explained that under Minnesota law it is inappropriate to apply the test for the tort of misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information when the issue is...more

Federal Court Enforces NLRB’s Decision To Strike Down Overbroad Confidentiality Policy

Eighteen months ago, we reported on a slate of decisions from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) which struck down social media, confidentiality and other similar policies from non-union employee handbooks. In a...more

GPNE v. Apple: Court Precludes Retention of Experts Where Expert Had Consulted for Apple's Competitors

Plaintiff GPNE Corporation ("GPNE") filed a patent infringement action against Apple. As part of its case, GPNE wanted to retain two experts, Ghobad Heidari and Kamran Etemad, and Apple objected for two reasons. First, as...more

Self-pay Confidentiality Rights: How Far Do Those Rights Go?

The HIPAA Privacy Rule has always provided an individual patient the right to request special, confidential treatment of his or her protected health information (PHI). That right is not absolute, however. Covered entities...more

Oops and the FOIA, Part One; Kadri v. Groton Board of Education and Protections From the Accidental Disclosure of Attorney-Client...

What happens when your agency’s lawyer sends out a confidential letter that is somehow leaked? A relatively recent decision by the Freedom of Information Commission [“FOIC”] appears to indicate that all is not lost, as...more

Will The Material Change Doctrine Reduce Your Ability to Enforce Your Non-Competes?

Consider this: An employee signs a perfectly reasonable non-compete/non-solicitation agreement at the inception of employment. The employee remains with the employer for ten years and during that period, receives several...more

Board will not Keep Highly Confidential Documents out of In-House Counsel’s Hands

In Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC v, Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., IPR2013-00372, Paper 33 (March 7, 2014), the Board rejected Supernus proposed protective order which sought to create a category of highly confidential...more

Protecting Trade Secrets When Employees Depart [Video]

Employment and labor lawyer Richard Warren discusses how employers can better protect one of their most valuable assets—their trade secrets....more

Florida Business Litigation Update: “Confidential” Settlements Really Need to Remain Confidential

The vast majority of bona fide commercial cases end in settlement. It has become a generally accepted practice in commercial practices to include a confidentiality provision in settlements so as to ensure that the parties...more

Employment Flash - February 2014

In This Issue: - US Supreme Court Rules on Donning and Doffing Issue - NLRB Judge Invalidates Arbitration Agreement Without Class Action Waiver - Second Circuit Rules on Single Employer Liability Under the WARN...more

Week in Review - February 21, 2014

R u liable 4 your employee's txt msg? In some situations, the answer may be “yes.” Two courts reviewed employee texting issues this week. The first court reviewed whether an employer can be liable for an employee's...more

Bring Your Own Device Policies: What Employers Need to Know

Employers that allow their employees to use their own mobile devices for work purposes should have in place well-considered Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies.Effective employer BYOD policies anticipate and address a range...more

SEC Acknowledges Ethical Obligations May Preclude Voluntary Reporting Out By Attorneys

In 2003, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted rules that purportedly immunized attorneys who, subject to specific conditions, reveal confidential information to the SEC. 17 C.F.R. § 205.3(d)(2) Technically, the...more

Court Declines To Seal Confidential Reinsurance Provisions

A New York federal court declined to seal portions of a reinsurance agreement at the request of intervening reinsurer Battenkill Insurance Co., LLC (“Battenkill”). Battenkill intervened in an interpleader action brought by...more

State Court Holds Employers Must Protect Trade Secrets From Independent Contractors

A recent Massachusetts Superior Court decision held that employers risk losing trade secrets and confidential information if they do not protect that information from independent contractors. The court held that employers who...more

NLRB 2013 Year in Review and 2014 Initiatives

Key labor law developments of 2013 are reviewed here for employers to consider as they look ahead to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) developments in 2014. Employers should prepare to respond to the NLRB's continued...more

Nothing Personal: How to be Smart About Your BYOD Workplace Policy (And Why It Matters!)

You might think people are making more out of BYOD than it deserves, that it is a relatively benign issue. Alas, you’d be wrong....more

A Good Faith Review of 2013

With the arrival of the new year, many are applying the mantra “out with the old, in with the new.” Although this may be motivational for personal resolutions, it does not generally apply in the context of law as last year’s...more

Trade Secrets: Proposals to Improve Protection of Confidential Information Across the EU

Proposals have recently been put forward by the European Commission to reform European law on trade secrets by harmonising protection across all EU member states. The proposals are in the form of a draft directive which has...more

Beware of What Happens to the Attorney-Client Privilege When Your Company is Sold

In Commodity Futures Trading Comm’n v. Weintraub, the United States Supreme Court noted that: When control of a corporation passes to new management, the authority to assert and waive the corporation’s attorney-client...more

LinkedIn: Protecting confidential information

Lisa Hodgson, an Associate in our Birmingham office, comments: Social media is becoming an increasingly common business tool as it is easy to use, free and effective. Many of our clients, particularly in professional...more

Document Review Still Requires Attorney Involvement

The District of New Jersey recently refused to compel the return of inadvertently produced privileged documents despite a clawback provision in the protective order where the producing party relied on key word computer...more

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