Confidentiality Agreements

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A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

Second Circuit Splits from Fifth Circuit on Whistleblower SEC Reporting Obligations On September 10, 2015, the Second Circuit in Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy LLC, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 16071 (2d Cir. 2015), ruled that...more

The Chill is Gone: SEC Wants Unfettered Whistleblowers

The SEC continues its efforts to support whistleblowers. The whistleblower program promulgated by the Commission under the Dodd-Frank Act offers rewards to individuals who report securities law violations. As we have...more

Employment Law - October 2015

FTC Offers Employers Lesson in FCRA Compliance—And Limited Exceptions - Why it matters: A California employer recently received a lesson in Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance from the Federal Trade...more

Essential Protection: Restrictive Covenants of Your Employees

No one knows your company better than your employees. And while great employees can be your most valuable asset, disloyal employees can use their insider information to harm or compete against you. You need protection, and an...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC36390 - Folsom v. Zoning Board of Appeals - Trial court properly granted a motion to strike a direct lawsuit by a disgruntled neighbor against the Town Zoning Enforcement...more

Keep Your Confidential Information Confidential

Most government contractors, or any company with confidential information or trade secrets, have confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements with their employees, subcontractors, or other entities they do business with....more

Hong Kong Competition Commission Consults on Draft Cartel Leniency Policy

On September 23, 2015, the Hong Kong Competition Commission (the Commission) released a draft leniency policy for undertakings engaged in cartel conduct (the Policy) for public consultation. Feedback is invited by the...more

Considering Selling Your Company? Tip #2: Stage Your Company

Nearly every founder or executive considers selling their company at one point or another. Before embarking on the complex process, it is crucial for the company leaders – especially within the ever-evolving tech community –...more

“You Know How to Whistle Don’t You?”—Whistleblowers Gain Even More Protection

The SEC recently issued guidance specifying that whistleblowers do not first have to take their concerns to the SEC in order to be covered by the SEC’s anti-retaliation rule. The guidance clarifies that those whistleblowers...more

Five Tips for a Successful Exit

Any number of factors can trigger a tech company’s exit: worn-out founders, anxious investors, industry consolidation, or wild, Instagram-like success. As tech founders and executives contemplate the possibility and timing of...more

No Trade Secret in Visual Aspects of Software: The Need for Non-Compete Agreements

?A federal appeals court recently ruled that “features and functions” of software programs are not trade secrets, particularly when those with access are not required to sign confidentiality agreements. Because trade secret...more

Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter

A CD or not a CD, That is the Question… That the Auditors Should Have Answered - A headline-grabbing SEC enforcement action last week against BDO USA and several of its national partners may lead audit firms to insist on...more

Five Questions to Consider Before Seeking to Restrain a Former Employee from Engaging in Competitive Activity

Determining whether to enforce a restrictive covenant or confidentiality agreement against a former employee requires the careful consideration of legal, economic and practical considerations. Here are five questions an...more

Can You Keep a Secret?

Most real estate deals begin with a letter of intent defining the principal terms of the deal, the only enforceable paragraph of which is an agreement to keep the transaction strictly confidential. Prior to the start of due...more

5 Bad Hiring & Firing Ideas Every Startup Entrepreneur Should Avoid

So, you think you have the next greatest idea for a startup that will knock the socks off of the current big players in your space? We know you’re excited to spend endless nights and countless hours to get your company off...more

Technology Blunder Lands Ex-Employee In Court

The Winston-Salem Journal (my hometown paper – yay!) reports that a company is suing a former employee in the North Carolina Business Court for breach of his confidentiality and non-compete agreements.* *The article...more

Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine Held Inapplicable To Failed Business Transaction

An Illinois appellate court recently rejected applying the inevitable disclosure doctrine in a trade secret misappropriation spat arising out of a failed business transaction....more

Should Companies Adjust Their Incentive Strategies in Light of New Governmental Accounting Disclosure Requirements?

Earlier this month, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) approved Statement No. 77, Tax Abatement Disclosures, which requires state and local governments to report on foregone revenue from tax abatement...more

New York Court of Appeals Advises Employers to Take Time to Present Restrictive Covenants to New Employees

It is not uncommon for employers to present restrictive covenants, such as non-competition, non-solicitation, or confidentiality agreements, to new employees in a stack of orientation paperwork. A recent case from New York’s...more

Startups and the Beginning of the Employment Relationship - Who, What, When, Where, and Why?

WHO to Hire? Startup companies can reduce or eliminate future problems with employees through careful hiring practices. Best practices include...more

Blog: Moonlighting Founders: 5 Steps to Help Protect Your Company

For founders, moonlighting on a day job can be thorny. It isn’t lost on us that the vast majority of entrepreneurs have to start somewhere, and usually that somewhere is during his or her day job, but avoiding some common...more

5 Bad Hiring & Firing Ideas Every Startup Entrepreneur Should Avoid

Five common employment-related mistakes startups make when launching their business (and why to avoid them before things get costly)....more

LOIs are nothing to LOL about: A primer on letters of intent

Letters of Intent can be minefields. On the one hand, business people want to use them to tie up a deal. On the other, they don’t want to be bound by them if they want to walk away. As one court explained, “It is a common...more

Is It “Disparaging” To Say “Karma Is A Bi**H”?

Employee sues her boss for sexual harassment. Case settles for $127,500, and she has to agree to confidentiality and non-disparagement....more

Ten Questions To Ask Your Client When Defending Against Efforts To Enforce A Restrictive Covenant Or Confidentiality Agreement

There are few circumstances in the practice of law that require more quick thinking and improvisation than defending a client at a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) hearing mere hours after meeting them for the first time....more

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