Confidentiality Agreements

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Top Ten Tips for the Workplace

Every now and then, it’s worth it for even the most seasoned HR professional to receive a reminder about best practices in the workplace. Ensuring compliance with our Top Ten Tips list below, will help to keep your workplace...more

10 Ways Your Personnel Policies Are Exposing Your Company to Legal Risk (And What to Do About It)

Your company’s personnel policies set expectations and standards for your employees, and can be used as a key defense tool in litigation. Accordingly, it is important to conduct regular audits of these policies to ensure they...more

Watchdogs Petition SEC to Strengthen Prohibitions Against Impeding Complaints to SEC

On July 18, 2014, a coalition of plaintiff-side lawyers and government watchdog groups proposed ways to strengthen the SEC whistleblower program in two petitions filed with the SEC. The groups urged the SEC to update Rule...more

Confidentiality Agreements - You Need One Before Your Company Shows Its Assets

So, you're putting your company up for sale. You or an advisor that you've retained are inviting potential buyers to have a look. Before you open the books or provide company contracts and records for review, you need to have...more

Data Breach Class Action Not Barred by Lack of Individual Injury in West Virginia

In a potentially groundbreaking decision, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia reversed a trial court’s order denying class certification in a data breach class action. The case, Tabata v. Charleston Area Medical...more

Can a Relator Be Held Liable for Using Confidential Company Documents to Support a Qui Tam Case?

Last week, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued a decision in Walsh et al. v. Amerisource Bergen Corp. et al denying the Relator’s motion to dismiss a counterclaim that alleged the Relator...more

Leave My Employees Alone! You Promised You Wouldn’t Hire/Solicit Them

With the antitrust class action against Google, Apple, Intel and other Silicon Valley heavyweights nearly in the books ($300 million plus in settlements and millions more in defense fees later), it is time once again to ask...more

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait: $26 Million

Trade secret misappropriation cases often are won or lost quickly and early at the preliminary injunction stage of the case. However, today we report on the results of a slow moving, long-running trade secret case that...more

Employment Law - June 2014

California Supreme Court Strikes Down $15 Million Employee Class Action Win and Orders Decertification in Duran V. U.S. Bank Nat’l Ass’n - Why it matters: On May 29, 2014, the California Supreme Court unanimously...more

Managing the Risks of a Mobile Workforce

Retiring after 30 years with the same company is rare today. The symbolism of a retirement party and a gold watch will be lost on generations as frequent employee transition between companies becomes the norm. ...more

The Fact and Fiction of Non-Disclosure Agreements

Entrepreneurs looking for angel or venture funding, or a strategic partnership, rely on Non-Disclosure Agreements, or NDAs, to protect their trade secrets, shield employees from poaching by the other parties, and keep...more

Protecting Your Start-Up’s Core Assets

In my series of posts with advice for start-ups, I think this is the most important one. It is about protecting the heart of your business, i.e. those assets that form its foundation, drive its prospects and distinguish it...more

Failed Attempts to Enforce Employee Non-Compete and Confidentiality Agreements: On Employees of Acquired Companies in North...

Non-competition and confidentiality agreements can serve as invaluable tools to safeguard against the loss of confidential and proprietary information through current and former employees. However, recent state and federal...more

2014 Public Company M&A: a short, practical primer

In this new edition of the popular Public Company M&A Primer, originally published in 2013, Ed Batts covers recent changes in the M&A process for public companies. Are you considering bidding for a public company? Has...more

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Proposes Elimination of Most Non-Compete Agreements and Adoption of Uniform Trade Secrets Act

What you need to know: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently proposed legislative reform that would abolish non-compete agreements made in the technology and life sciences sectors, as well as other, currently...more

Massachusetts Governor Wants to Ban Non-Compete Agreements and Enact the Uniform Trade Secrets Act

Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick, recently announced a bill—An Act to Promote Growth and Opportunity—that would provide workforce training opportunities and promote economic development incentives across the...more

Maintaining Privilege With Consultants - Practical Guide

Previously, we talked about the legal standards applied to claims of attorney-client privilege between a company's general counsel and outside consultants. Now, let's talk about practical tips for maintaining that...more

OSC Credit for Cooperation - Continued Uncertainty for Market Participants with Respect to Privilege

On March 13, 2014, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) released its revised Credit for Cooperation Program via OSC Staff Notice 15–702. As pointed out in our recent client update (OSC Adopts New Initiatives to Strengthen...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

We Hate to Say We Told You So, But…

In a previous post, we warned employers of the National Labor Relations Board's continuing trend of declaring unlawful routine confidentiality agreements and policies used in non-union workplaces by reading them broadly as...more

Fifth Circuit Finds Confidentiality Provision Violates NLRA

Executive Summary: The Fifth Circuit recently found that a confidentiality agreement prohibiting disclosure of "financial" and "personnel information" was unlawful under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Employers who...more

FERC Provides Important Guidance Regarding Confidentiality Agreements and “Duty to Support” Clauses

Yesterday, I wrote a blog post describing a FERC order that, for the first time ever, would have allowed an interstate oil pipeline to grant preferential rates and capacity rights to shippers making volume commitments through...more

Daughter Posts Settlement on Facebook – Employer Dislikes – Dad in Hot Water

Social media in general, and Facebook in particular, seems to have become so ingrained in modern existence that while it is potentially laughable, it is nonetheless true that we can seriously live by the tenet “If it’s not on...more

Can You Keep a Secret? Confidentiality Clauses in Settlement Agreements Are For Real

If a party to a confidential settlement agreement blabs about the settlement, could the party lose some of the benefits of the settlement? A recent Florida appellate decision is a good reminder to think carefully about the...more

CFTC Staff Issues Best Practices for Customer Information Safeguards

The CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight issued a Staff Advisory outlining recommended best practices for covered financial institutions to comply with Title V of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999...more

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