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Whistleblower Files Lawsuit Against JC Penney

A former part-time employee of department store JC Penney filed a retaliation claim, saying they were fired after alerting authorities that the retailer was overcharging its customers. This is just the most recent bad news...more

Meritas Capability Webinar - California’s Prohibition Against Non-Compete Agreements (B&P Code § 16600), the Protection of Trade...

Many attorneys representing company’s in or from other states (freedom of contract jurisdictions) believe a well drafted covenant not to compete can be an employer’s best defense against competition from former employees....more

Meritas Capability Webinar - California’s Prohibition Against Non-Compete Agreements (B&P Code § 16600), the Protection of Trade... [Video]

Many attorneys representing company’s in or from other states (freedom of contract jurisdictions) believe a well drafted covenant not to compete can be an employer’s best defense against competition from former employees....more

An Interesting Trade Secrets Case From The Business Court

If you were unsure whether customer information held by your client -- like customer contact information, sales reports, prices and terms books, sales memos, sales training manuals, commission reports, and vendor information...more

Best Practices in Social Media for Employers Part 4 – Social Media: Post-Employment Considerations

After the employment relationship is terminated, employers should be aware of former employees’ social media activity to ensure continued compliance with any post-employment obligations, including nondisclosure of proprietary...more

Participant’s Estate Fails to Show a Claim For Failure to Give Notice of Right to Continue Life Insurance Coverage: Estate of...

Providing a practical lesson on determining a duty to give notice to ERISA participants, the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida dismissed the claim by the estate of an ERISA group life insurance plan...more

Trolling Social Media To Find Your Disgruntled Employees

I’ve often said that the definition of “plaintiff” in a lawsuit can be simply stated as a “pissed off employee.” The old cliché that “a happy employee equals a productive employee” still rings true, but that is only part of...more

FCRA Preemption: Is Guidance on the Way from the 11th Circuit?

FCRA preemption of state law claims against furnishers of credit information is anything but a settled legal issue. For better or worse, guidance may be on the way soon from the Eleventh Circuit. This is a subject that cannot...more

Competing After Employment (Part 1)

A key employee departs. The employer, worried that confidential information has leaked out of the company, scrambles to respond. After a frenzied period of preparation, the employer starts a lawsuit and seeks an injunction...more

Looking At Those Amazon Non-Competes From A Kentucky Perspective, P.2

In our last post, we began looking at a non-compete agreement Amazon has been imposing on warehouse workers, even temporary workers. We’ve specifically been looking at how the agreements might fare under Kentucky law. ...more

Former Harvard Professor Files Title IX Lawsuit After Being Denied Tenure

Over the past year, an exceptional number of colleges and universities have been accused by both complainants and accused students of mishandling complaints of sexual misconduct in violation of Title IX. Now, in a somewhat...more

Protecting Trade Secrets Insufficient to Enforce Covenant Not to Compete in Any Capacity Worldwide - NanoMech, Inc. v. Suresh

Addressing the enforceability of a non-compete agreement to protect trade secrets, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld a ruling finding that a non-compete agreement which prevented the employee from...more

Former Customers as a Legitimate Business Interest?

When do former customers constitute a legitimate business interest? In a sale of business context, the short answer is, “Pretty much all of the time.” The purchaser of assets and goodwill of a business can, by...more

Employment Settlement "Don't Reapply" Clauses Threatened by Ninth Circuit Expansion of California's Business and Professions Code...

Settlements of most employment claims include the employee’s promise not to reapply to the settling employer. The reason is if the employee reapplies after getting the settlement money and is then denied new employment, the...more

Navigating Non-Competes When a Worldwide Presence Is the New Norm

Businesses that compete globally are once again reminded of the need to avoid overreaching when requiring employees to sign non-compete agreements. Earlier this year, the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed a...more

DOJ Charges Former Federal Agents with Bitcoin Wire Fraud and Money Laundering

On March 30, the DOJ filed a criminal complaint against two former federal agents on charges of wire fraud and money laundering of digital currency stolen during the investigation of Silk Road. According to the DOJ, both...more

Social Media in the Context of Post-Employment Litigation

At the frontier of post-employment litigation is the issue of how to address social media contacts and communications. To date, while courts in other jurisdictions, such as California and Colorado, have passed on such...more

Ameriprise Avoids Trial On Class Action Suit By Current and Former Employees With $27.5 Million Payment

In 2011, a group of current and former employees filed a class action lawsuit in the District Court of Minnesota claiming that Ameriprise Financial, Inc. and members of its 401(k) Plan fiduciary committee had breached their...more

Can your social media contacts be a trade secret of your employer? Maybe.

This is a relatively new legal subject, so there isn’t much law out there.  In December, 2011, a Pennsylvania federal court answered this question in the negative.  In the case of Eagle v. Morgan, Linda Eagle, the founder of...more

What factors bear upon the enforceability of noncompete agreements? P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about the factors that are taken into consideration when determining the enforceability of noncompete agreements. We’ve already mentioned that the fundamental consideration is whether the...more

SEC Gives Insider Outside Bounty for Whistleblowing

On March 2, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission awarded a whistleblower at least $475,000 for providing original, high-quality information that led to a successful SEC enforcement action. The whistleblower is a...more

The Perennial Problem of References

Most employers would be very happy to receive a frank appraisal from a prospective employee’s former employer. Yet most employers are themselves reluctant to give references concerning former employees, or any information...more

Restrictive Covenants: The Employee Choice Doctrine Explained … Yet Again

The “employee choice” doctrine is one of those employment terms that is as misunderstood as “right to work,” “employment at will” and my personal favorite, “labor lawyer”. But a recent New York Federal court in IBM v Smadi,...more

A Different Kind of Data Breach—Loss or Disclosure of Company Information by Employee Theft

Data breaches are all over the news, but those stories most often cover high-profile cybersecurity breaches that result from the malicious efforts of hackers or other outsiders. Just as insidious, and more likely to occur,...more

Illinois Restrictive Covenants: The “Gray” Bright Line Regarding Sufficient Consideration

Illinois non-compete law continues to wend a circuitous path through the employment landscape, making it occasionally difficult for employers and employees alike to predict outcomes in these cases....more

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