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New Strings Attached: LinkedIn Contacts Are Now Trade Secrets?

From a birds-eye view, Cellular Accessories For Less, Inc. v. Trinitas, LLC appears to be a typical dispute between an employer and its former employee. However, a closer look reveals an issue new to the world of trade...more

Are LinkedIn Contacts The Employer's Trade Secrets?

A federal district court in California held in Cellular Accessories For Less, Inc. v. Trinitas LLC that whether LinkedIn contact information can be an employer's trade secret is a factual dispute that must be decided by a...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - October 2014

New Laws Affecting California Employers - The 2014 legislative session is in the books, and it produced several new laws affecting employers in California, including: Private arbitration companies must provide...more

HALLOWEEN EDITION: Cookie Maker Gets Early Treat When Court Protects Halloween Cookie Recipe As A Trade Secret

In September 1995, Philadelphia-area cookie manufacturer Sweetzel, Inc. got an early Halloween treat when the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania found that the company’s cookie recipes and customer...more

Not All Customer Lists Are Trade Secrets

In a case decided this past April, the Arizona Court of Appeals found that whether a business's customer list is a trade secret requires a factual inquiry. Calisi v. Unified Financial Services, LLC, Case No. 1 CA-CV-0812. The...more

Preparation Counts: Two Courts Reaffirm the Benefit of Identifying and Taking Steps to Protect Trade Secrets

Two recent decisions emphasize yet again the value of defining and taking steps to protect a company’s trade secrets. On May 16, 2013, Judge England issued a preliminary injunction in Farmers Insurance Exchange v....more

California Court Affirms That Customer Lists Can Qualify As Trade Secrets

Wanke, Industrial, Commercial, Residential, Inc. v. Superior Court, 2012 WL 4711888 (Cal. App. 4th, Oct. 4, 2012): In Wanke, the appellate court affirmed that under some circumstances, a company’s customer list can qualify as...more

California Court Affirms that Customer Lists Can Qualify as Trade Secrets

Under California’s trade secret laws, a trade secret is information that (a) is not generally known in the industry, to the public, or to others who can realize economic value from its disclosure or use; (b) has independent...more

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