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Divided NLRB Rules Employer Policy Protecting Customer Information Is Lawful

Employers can prohibit the use by employees of the names, social security numbers and credit card numbers of customers in furtherance of organizational activities. If this seems like it should have been a foregone conclusion,...more

Part Two: Abandoned Mines and Data Retention Policies

by McGuireWoods LLP on

As discussed in Tuesday’s post, in addition to taking reasonable precautions to secure data, companies should consider whether they have an affirmative duty to destroy data in the United States – to clear the explosives out...more

Series: Defend Trade Secrets Act | Pleading A Claim Under the DTSA

by Fish & Richardson on

Courts have had over a year to address the pleading requirements under the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), after it took effect in May 2016. The general pleading standard remains the plausibility test under the...more

New Cybersecurity Rules for Colorado Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers

by Snell & Wilmer on

Colorado has adopted new rules that add cybersecurity requirements for certain entities with Colorado securities licenses. The rules are from the regulatory agency the Division of Securities. It licenses securities...more

Texas Supreme Court Issues Important Decision On How To Calculate Ratio Of Punitive To Compensatory Damages In Multi-Defendant...

Application of the Supreme Court’s excessiveness guideposts to cases involving multiple defendants is one of the more confounding problems that arises in punitive damages jurisprudence. The Supreme Court of Texas got the...more

Patent Judgments and Awards - Merck Ordered to Pay $14 Million in Attorneys’ Fees to Rival Gilead After a Patent Infringement...

by Knobbe Martens on

Merck Ordered to Pay $14 Million in Attorneys’ Fees to Rival Gilead After a Patent Infringement Trial Involving Hepatitis C Drugs - On July 14, 2017, in a stunning reversal of fortune, a federal court in San Jose, CA,...more

Cyber Insurance: Get What You Pay For              

by Fisher Phillips on

Due to the increasing number of successful and attempted cyber-attacks and increased government scrutiny surrounding protection of confidential information, companies cannot ignore the various risks associated with potential...more

National Survey On Restrictive Covenants In Employment

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This survey has been provided by the Fox Rothschild Labor and Employment and Securities Industry practice groups as a quick reference for in-house counsel and human resource professionals. The law in this area not only...more

No Conflict in Successive Representation of a Closely-Held Company and Its Insiders Where Insiders Already Possess Company’s...

In Beachcomber Management Crystal Cove, LLC v. Superior Court (Salisbury) (No. G054078, filed June 28, 2017; pub. and mod. order July 28, 2017), the Fourth Appellate District granted a writ of mandate vacating a trial court’s...more

MEDIATION: Where the Confidentiality Ends

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

There is little room for argument; the information and documents exchanged during mediation are confidential. Rule 8 of the South Carolina Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules provides, in part...more

Do employees need to disclose intention to compete?

by Dentons on

All employment contracts have an implied term ensuring that employees will serve their employer with good faith and fidelity. This implied term covers numerous things, including prohibiting employees from competing with their...more

Plaintiff Can Review Documents Deemed as Non-Responsive, But Has to Bear its Own Costs: eDiscovery Case Week

by CloudNine on

eDiscovery Case Week concluded yesterday. We covered four cases this week and, Wednesday, .... Here’s the final case. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the courtroom! In Nachurs Alpine Solutions, Corp. v....more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Third Quarter 2017

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

In this Issue: - The All Small Mentor/Protégé Program, One Year Later: Lessons Learned and a Key Milestone - Protecting Your Employees and Confidential Information when Working with Teaming Partners -...more

FOIA Rules over the CWA – Short and Simple

by Clark Hill PLC on

In what may be one of the shortest opinions of importance, the United States Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit put an end to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that closed down a challenge by the...more

Conflicting Court Decisions on Privilege Issues Create Risks for Parties in M&A

by Stinson Leonard Street on

A recent court decision exemplifies the challenges that businesses face in attempting to predict the law that will control privilege questions. The court decided that the law of the state where the court is located governs...more

PILLOW TALK: A Threat to Trade Secrets?

It turns out that, even in romantic relationships, some things are best kept secret. On July 7, 2017, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. filed a complaint in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania alleging that a former executive...more

Intellectual Property and Business: Part 1

by Barley Snyder on

In business, an asset is anything of value owned by a company, and managing those assets is a complete and structured approach to long-term success for that business. Too often, a business overlooks their intellectual...more

Former Employees Can’t View Their Personnel Files

by Barley Snyder on

Employers now can be confident in denying requests from former employees to inspect their personnel file after a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court holding. In a recent case, an employer denied a request from a former...more

In Lease Case, Maryland's Highest Court Brings State Law in Line With FOIA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Confidentiality is important for landlords and tenants in commercial lease transactions. For that reason, a recent Maryland Court of Appeals decision should be kept in mind when leases and other documents are submitted to...more

How Key is the Employee? Identifying When an Employee is a Fiduciary

by Field Law on

A fiduciary employee is an employee trusted with a measure of responsibility by their employer. This in turn creates corresponding duties owed by the fiduciary that go over and above those normally owed by an employee to an...more

DOJ Asks SCOTUS to Take on Microsoft Case and Verizon Suffers its own Data Breach: eDiscovery Trends

by CloudNine on

A rare two-topic day, but both are notable… Remember the Microsoft Ireland Warrant case, where the Second Circuit reversed earlier rulings and denied the government’s efforts to compel Microsoft to provide emails in that...more

Conviction for Economic Espionage, Sale of Trade Secrets to China

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the first federal jury criminal conviction for economic espionage and theft of trade secrets under the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA), even though the owner of the...more

Outside Constitutional Protection, Within Anti-SLAPP Statute

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the issue of defending against claims seeking to remedy alleged misappropriation or misuse of a business’s trade secrets or confidential information by invoking the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA), the...more

The Third Circuit Addresses the Defend Trade Secrets Act and Appears to Have Applied the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) states very clearly that an injunction issued pursuant thereto may not “prevent a person from entering into an employment relationship,” and that any conditions placed on a former...more

SEC Staff Expands Confidential Review Procedures for Registration Statements under the Securities Act and Exchange Act

by K&L Gates LLP on

On June 29, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC Staff”) issued an announcement (the “Announcement”) expanding its confidential review process in several areas,...more

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