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Of Documents and Dumpsters: The Sixth Circuit Affirms Convictions for Theft of Hybrid Car Secrets from GM

Last month, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the convictions of co-conspirator couple Yu Qin and Shanshan Du, who were convicted in 2012 of trade secrets theft. A jury in the Eastern District of Michigan had found that Du...more

ANOTHER WIN FOR ALEYNIKOV: Judge Tosses Evidence in Ex-Programmer’s Latest Case

Sergey Aleynikov fought the law, and the law lost—again. Judge Ronald A. Zweibel of the New York Supreme Court has thrown out a raft of evidence originally gathered by the FBI for federal prosecution and later offered...more

Wait, Now I Can’t Fire My Employees For Stealing? California Federal Court Holds Application of Anti-Grazing Policy to Diabetic...

A California Federal court recently permitted a disability discrimination claim to proceed to a jury trial in a lawsuit alleging that Walgreens unlawfully terminated a diabetic employee for violating its “anti-grazing” policy...more

Last Wishes, First Impression: Potential legal issues arise after Munich recluse passes away, bequeathing Nazi-looted art to a...

Cornelius Gurlitt’s notarized will, which did not surface until after his unexpected death this past May, lists the Kunstmuseum Bern in Switzerland as the heir to his vast art collection, which included works by Matisse, Dix,...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

IP|Trend: International Remedies for Misappropriation of Trade Secrets [Video]

As businesses become more global, and employees more mobile, companies are increasingly realizing that their trade secrets are more at risk. Traditionally, companies would be faced with having to file state law actions on...more

Getting An $800,000 Assist From The Government: Referring Trade Secret Theft For Criminal Prosecution Pays Off

We rely on the federal government for a lot of things, but helping a corporation recover attorney’s fees is not something that immediately comes to mind. ...more

The CFAA Does Not Apply To Facebook Photo Theft

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), codified at 18 U.S.C. § 1030 et seq, is a criminal statute that forbids, among other things, "intentionally access[ing] a protected computer, without authorization" when the access...more

Trade Secrets and Economic Espionage

On April 29, 2014, U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the former Chairman and a current member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced the Defend...more

Company Trade Secrets May Get Federal Protection

Tomorrow, a U.S. Senate Judiciary subcommittee will hold a hearing to address whether current trade secret laws are strong enough to meet current threats of trade secret theft. A new bill introduced in Congress would give...more

Update Back From The Dead: Senators Resuscitate Legislation To Create A Federal Right Of Action For Trade Secret Theft

With a powerful industrial coalition lining up behind them, two senators are trying yet again to establish a federal right of civil action for trade secret misappropriation, potentially making trade secrets an IP stepchild no...more

California Court: Commercial Crime Policy Rescinded Due To Insured’s Material Misrepresentation Concerning Handling of Funds

Kurtz v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., et al., Case No. 2:11-cv-7010 (C.D.Cal. April 14, 2014), was an insurance coverage dispute arising out of the downfall of Los Angeles businessman Ezri Namvar who has also been referred...more

In Da (Trade Secrets Theft) Club: $15 Million Judgment Against Rapper 50 Cent

The rapper known as “50 Cent” stole trade secrets to the tune of $15 million, an arbitrator found. A filing in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida earlier this month disclosed the final award...more

Ex-SanDisk Employee Arrested In Japan, Civil Suits Filed In The Wake Of Alleged Flash Memory Trade Secrets Misappropriation

Technology firms SanDisk and Toshiba recently filed trade secrets lawsuits on opposite sides of the Pacific, each alleging misappropriation by a third party stemming from the two companies’ joint venture....more

Back From The Dead? Senator Wants To Resuscitate Legislation To Create A Federal Right Of Action For Trade Secret Theft

There are stirrings in the U.S. Senate of yet another bid to establish a federal right of civil action for trade secret misappropriation. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) has quietly circulated a draft bill to IP lawyers and...more

Ever Lost -- or Worse Yet, Had Stolen -- a Smart Phone, Laptop, Tablet, Etc.?

Many of us have been focused on cyber-security, especially in the wake of the recent data breaches over the holidays, among other things. Two Maryland Law Enforcement Officers are leveraging the power of social media and the...more

Taking Documents To Support Discrimination Claims Can Be Prosecuted As Theft, Notwithstanding Quinlan, New Jersey Appellate...

In State v. Saavedra, 2013 WL 6763248 (App. Div. Dec. 24, 2013), a public sector employee learned that he could be indicted for criminal theft for taking his employer’s highly confidential, original documents...more

Winter 2014 Federal Copyright and Trade Secret Legislation Update

Several bills under consideration in the 113th Congress would establish or significantly amend certain federal statutes related to the protection, enforcement, and exploitation of trade secrets or copyrights. Some legislation...more

Employee Theft of Employer Documents—Protected Conduct in Opposition to Discrimination or Criminal Activity?

From time to time, there is media coverage about a teacher or other public school employee who has been charged with a serious crime that occurred outside the school environment. If this employee had previous convictions or...more

Did You Do Enough to Protect Your Trade Secrets?

On January 21, 2014, Mozaffar Khazaee, a naturalized American who maintained dual citizenship with his native Iran, was indicted in Connecticut on two counts of interstate transportation of stolen property, which carries with...more

Lost Or Stolen: Liability For Unauthorized Credit Card Charges

On a brisk January day, Mary A. Richman opened her mailbox and was confronted with the sobering sight of thick envelopes from Visa, American Express and MasterCard each containing a month’s worth of extravagant Christmas...more

ITC Affirms Trade Secret Violation Against Chinese Company For Stealing U.S. Rubber Resin Trade Secrets, Imposes 10-Year Import...

The U.S. International Trade Commission has upheld an Administrative Law Judge’s determination that a Chinese company misappropriated its U.S. competitor’s rubber resin trade secrets, and has banned it from importing its...more

Stolen Thumb Drive Sets HIPAA Precedent

A Massachusetts dermatology practice, Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, P.C. ("APDerm") recently agreed to pay $150,000 to settle potential violations of HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. The settlement was...more

Settling With A Fraudulent Employee: Will You Be The Next Defendant?

A recent Ontario decision dealt with the issue of liability as between two defrauded employers: is a past (former) employer liable to a new employer when a fraudulent employee steals money from the latter to satisfy its debt...more

Dermatology Practice Agrees to Settlement in Connection with HIPAA Breach

A Massachusetts-based dermatology practice recently agreed to pay $150,000 to settle claims that it failed to have sufficient policies and procedures in place to address a breach notification requirement under the HITECH Act....more

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