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Employer Obligations During the Fort McMurray Wildfire

The devastating impact of the wildfire that continues to burn throughout northern Alberta has left those directly affected with unanswered questions relating to sources of income and financial stability. Many workplaces have...more

Trade Secrets Claims Reach Federal Court: New Law Changes Jurisdiction, Remedies and Duties

Until May 12, 2016, trade secret law was the only area of intellectual property law left largely to state courts and state law. But no longer. On May 12, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, Pub. L....more

Key Points of New Federal Legislation: The Defend Trade Secrets Act

On May 11, 2016, a new federal trade secrets act (the Defend Trade Secrets Act, or the Act) was passed that expands the toolbox for trade secret protection and also necessitates changes to agreements and policies with...more

Newly Enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act Requires Employers to Revise Agreements Now to Preserve Maximum Remedies

On May 11, 2016, we reported in a WSGR Alert that under the new Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), employers seeking exemplary damages or attorneys' fees in a trade secrets misappropriation action must provide employees with...more

You Should Know - May 2016

In This Issue: - Forced Injustice - Stacking the Deck - Sign the Petition - Excerpt from Businesses Use Loophole to Deny Day in Court: Injustice, Thy Name Is Forced Arbitration: Tia’s employment case...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act: What You Should Do Now

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law. The DTSA is an expansion of the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 and generally authorizes a civil action in federal court for the...more

New Defend Trade Secrets Act Requires Employers to Include Disclaimers in All Confidential Information Agreements

On May 16, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The new law takes immediate effect and will provide important new federal protections against unauthorized disclosure of...more

Connecticut Legislature Passes Bill Limiting Physician Non-Compete Agreements

The Connecticut legislature recently passed Public Act No. 16-95 (PA 16-95), which aims to increase competition among health care providers by, among other things, restricting physician non-compete agreements. Though passed...more

Obama Signs Law Giving Trade Secrets Federal Protection

A company’s confidential trade secrets are their most coveted assets and give a company a competitive edge over its competitors. Such trade secrets may include product specifications and formulas, recipes, computer...more

Pssst, The Secret Is Knowing What You Can’t Do With The Defend Trade Secrets Act

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) became law with President Obama’s signature on May 11, 2016. The DTSA is an amendment to the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 and, for the first time, affords a federal private right of...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Creates New Federal Claim For Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) into law, creating a federal civil right of action for the theft of trade secrets. Until now, trade secrets had been protected only at...more

The Latest Massachusetts Non-Compete Bill Contains Some Surprises

Earlier this week, the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development released proposed amendments to the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, which would include the creation of the Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act. The...more

Purchasing a Corporation in Maryland? “Mere Continuation” Rule Just Became Clearer

The Maryland Court of Appeals (the “Court”), the state’s highest court, in Phillip Martin, v. TWP Enterprises Inc. (No. 1855, Sept. Term, 2014, decided Feb. 24, 2016, Leahy, J.) addressed what it identified as the third...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act is Enacted

In late April, Congress approved the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA” or the “Act”) with over-whelming bipartisan majorities. President Obama signed DTSA into law on May 11, and it takes effect immediately. First...more

“Defend Trade Secrets Act” Signed Into Law Effective May 11, 2016

The Defendant Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), was signed into law by President Obama on May 11, 2016. The new statute creates broad private federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation and has been hailed as...more

Implementing the Whistleblower Immunity Notice Provision under the Recently-Enacted Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act

The Defend Trade Secrets Act, signed into law on May 11, 2016, includes a whistleblower immunity notice provision. An employer that wants to preserve maximum recoveries for misappropriation against an employee should take...more

Non-Compete Legislation In Massachusetts: Could It Actually Happen?

On May 16, 2016, the Massachusetts General Court’s Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development reviewed a re-drafted bill concerning non-compete agreements in the Commonwealth and reported it out of the Committee...more

Prevent Computer Fraud – 1 Tip

In TripleTree, LLC v. Walcker, the employer sued its former employee under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) based on the employee’s accessing certain confidential and proprietary information on the company’s...more

Alert: New Employee and Independent Contractor Notice Requirements Under the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act

As we reported in our previous Cooley alert, President Obama has signed into law the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which now can be used to pursue the misappropriation of a trade secret that occurs on or after the...more

What Is The Purpose?

The Maryland Court of Appeals (the “Court”), the state’s highest court, in Phillip Martin, v. TWP Enterprises Inc. (No. 1855, Sept. Term, 2014, decided Feb. 24, 2016, Leahy, J.) addressed what it identified as the third...more

How the New Trade Secrets Law May Affect You

A week ago, on May 11, 2016, the President signed into law the new federal “Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.” It arms with substantial new weaponry those whose trade secrets have been taken. What has been less heralded,...more

Federal Trade Secrets Act Now Law: What Companies Should Know

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”). The measure had previously been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives 410-2 on April 27, 2016, quickly following the U.S. Senate’s...more

The Auto Industry Has a New Weapon To Protect Its Secrets

President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) into law on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Members of the auto industry spend significant time and money developing trade secrets that give them a competitive advantage....more

Client Alert: New Federal Trade Secrets Law Brings Major Implications for Trade Secret Owners and Their Employees

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act into law. The Act amends the existing Economic Espionage Act, but more importantly, it creates for the first time a federal civil cause of action to...more

Non-compete Restrictions in Texas Severance Agreements

One of the most frequent Texas non-compete questions I am asked is whether an employee and employer can enter an enforceable non-compete agreement at the time of termination. From the employee's perspective, this seems...more

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