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Some high profile companies, including two technology giants, made headlines this week after former employees filed lawsuits against them alleging discrimination and harassment. The case against Yahoo is likely to be...more

SEC Settles Civil FCPA Action Against Two Former Oil Services Executives

On the eve of a trial which was scheduled to begin this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission settled a civil Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) case it brought against two former oil services executives. The case...more

Dodd-Frank Does Not Bar Arbitration Of Claims If Arbitration Agreement Does Not Exempt Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claims

The Fourth Circuit affirmed order from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia compelling arbitration of former employee’s federal claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA),...more

Admission of Former Employees as Consultants under GAO Bid Protest Protective Orders

Tight deadlines apply to bid protests at GAO, including the admission of consultants under protective orders to provide technical, quantitative or other specialized knowledge useful to the litigation. GAO generally allows...more

“Disgruntled and aggressive clients” posed safety threat under OHSA

An employee who was fired one day after complaining to the Ministry of Labour that she felt threatened by “disgruntled and aggressive clients” was entitled to damages for the retaliatory discharge, the Ontario Labour...more

Potential Employer Liability for Late Manifesting Occupational Diseases [Video]

In November 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court shifted from prior precedent and held in Tooey et al. v. AK Steel Corp. that former employees may bring lawsuits against their former employers based upon certain late...more

Purported Inventor Fails to Prove Inventorship

General Electric Co. v. Wilkins - Addressing a claim to inventorship of an individual not listed as an inventor on two patents, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling that a...more

You’ve Got a Problem, Bro – Tinder, Silicon Valley and Resolution 62

A co-founder and now former employee at Tinder has sued the dating app startup and its leaders for sexual harassment and discrimination. It’s a messy (and familiar) story of an office romance between senior execs gone...more

Massachusetts Federal Court Refuses to Transform Non-Disclosure Agreement into a Non-Competition Agreement

A recent decision from the Massachusetts federal district court serves as a good reminder to Massachusetts employers that courts are unlikely to view the breach of a non-disclosure/confidentiality agreement as justification...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

Car Jacking: Former Nissan Employees in Japan Arrested for Suspected Trade Secret Theft

On May 13, 2014, a former employee of Nissan in Japan was arrested by the Economic Affairs Division of the Kanagawa Prefectural Police on suspicion of trade secret theft. The arrest was made under the trade secret provisions...more

My Non-Compete, Your Salary: Words Of Caution For Business Owners And Employees

Without the ability to enforce it, a non-competition agreement can turn worthless, or ? perhaps far worse ? extremely expensive for an employer whose chooses to file litigation against a former employee. One area that can...more

Trade Secrets: Made for TV--Former director owes royalty for stealing source code

Acrimony, anger, revenge, piracy, and a legal battle—these are often the ingredients of a prime-time television drama. But in this case, they are not the makings of a plot found on cable, Netflix, or DVD. Instead, they are...more

Arizona Court Strikes Down Restrictive Covenants

In a notorious case, the Arizona Court of Appeals yesterday struck down Quicken Loans’ non-solicitation covenants and confirmed that the defendants in the case were entitled to recover their attorneys’ fees. Quicken sued...more

Contract Requiring Ex-Employee To Compensate Former Employer For Competing Ruled Enforceable In British Columbia

A recent decision of the B.C. Court of Appeal has endorsed a novel approach to post-employment competition by upholding an employment contract whereby the employee was required to compensate the employer if she competed soon...more

Protecting Trade Secrets When Employees Depart [Video]

Employment and labor lawyer Richard Warren discusses how employers can better protect one of their most valuable assets—their trade secrets....more

Man bites dog: recovering attorney’s fees from vexatious employees

California has a reputation for employment litigation: it is the state where everyone seems to feel obliged to sue their boss for something. While some suits have merit and others are understandable, there are suits...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - February 2014

A California federal court in Enki Corporation v. Freedman held that a former employee’s access of the employer’s computer systems through his log-in credentials did not amount to unlawful hacking under either the Computer...more

Ownership of Business-Related Social Media Accounts

Social media platforms have become an increasingly important means for companies to build and manage their brands and to interact with their customers, in many cases eclipsing companies’ traditional “.com” websites. Social...more

First Circuit Enforces Non-Solicitation Agreement in Favor of Employer

Can a former employee circumvent a non-solicitation agreement if he or she merely accepts business from former customers and does not actively solicit them? Recently, in a decision sure to please employers, the First Circuit...more

Federal District Court Holds Work-Issued Computer Not A “Facility” Under Stored Communications Act

On September 18, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington held that an employee’s computer, issued by the employer, is not a “facility” subject to protections of the Stored Communications Act. Roadlink...more

Trade-Secrets and the Departing Employee

Concerned about departing employees who might have confidential information about your business and clients? Or maybe you are the ex-employee and you are unsure of where the line is drawn when departing one job to start...more

Taking Legal Control Of The Company Social Media Account

What happens when the employee who set up the company’s LinkedIn account leaves? ...more

The Parameters of "Solicitation" in an Era of Non-Solicitation Covenants

Originally published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law - Volume 28, Number 1, Fall 2012. I. Introduction - "I didn't solicit them; they approached me." That is a common defense invoked by someone accused...more

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