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How Employers Can Combat Timecard Fraud And Employee Wage Theft

There is nothing so central to wage-hour laws than the sacred domain of “hours worked.” The concept is simple: employees record the time they spend working, and from this data employers generate labor budgets and employee pay...more

Who is Stealing Your Trade Secrets? An Overview of Key Threats

Every company has trade secrets – for some, they may be special manufacturing processes, for other organizations, trade secrets could include product formulae, customer lists, software code or marketing strategies. The more...more

Can You Terminate An Employee For Acting In Self-Defense? Maybe Not.

The case, Ray v. Wal-Mart Stores, involved two incidents at two different Utah Wal-Mart stores and five former employees. Under Wal-Mart policy, employees are required to “disengage” from an individual with a weapon or who...more

Recent Developments on Copyright Preemption of Trade Secret Claims in the Fifth Circuit

For the latest on the copyright preemption doctrine (codified at 17 U.S.C. § 301(a)) look no further than the Fifth Circuit, which, together with its district courts, issued a string of recent decisions regarding the...more

Angie’s List Accuses Amazon of Home Improvement Hijinks

Even freed from bricks and mortar, online retailers and service providers are realizing that market share is not infinite. A complaint recently filed by Angie’s List Inc. against Amazon Local LLC for its newly launched online...more

Question Everything…Except the Witness - Tips on Maintaining Impartiality From R. v. Crawford, 2015 ABCA 175

On a frigid January night, Mr. Crawford was along for the ride when one of his companions—fuelled by alcohol and jealous suspicion, and armed with a completely ineffectual pellet gun—decided to steal a vehicle. Mr. Crawford...more

Confidential Documents Potentially Safer From Employee Misappropriation Says New Jersey's Supreme Court

On the heels of an appellate decision providing employees a virtual how-to manual to misuse and exploit confidential employer documents and safely provide them to a competitor, New Jersey's Supreme Court reversed course last...more

Bank Bond Covers Third-Party Losses Arising out of Bank Employee’s Fraud, Eighth Circuit Holds

Fidelity bonds are purchased primarily to protect against loss to the policyholder’s own assets, from things like employee theft or embezzlement. In Avon State Bank v. BancInsure, Inc., however, the Eighth Circuit interpreted...more

Corporate Espionage: Not Your Typical Sports-“Gate”

Generally when one refers to “competitors” in the context of protecting trade secrets, it is in regard to business competitors, not competing sports teams. And usually when the talking heads on sports radio and television...more

Cardinals Hacking Update

St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt, Jr. threw staff members under the bus following the breaking story last week that the Cardinals have been hacking into the Astros’ database for up to three years. According to DeWitt, a...more

Self-Help Discovery Does Not Immunize Employee from Prosecution, Says NJ Supreme Court

On June 23, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that Quinlan v. Curtiss-Wright Corporation, 204 N.J. 239 (2010), does not bar criminal prosecutions arising from an employee’s removal of confidential company documents to...more

Fired Nurse Loses Whistleblower Suit over Suspected Drug Use

A federal appeals court recently affirmed the dismissal of a whistleblower-retaliation suit against a Maine nursing home, holding that the plaintiff employee failed to prove that she was fired for telling her supervisor she...more

New York Court Denies Insurer’s Motion for Summary Judgment Based upon Undefined Term “Occurrence” in Policy

In Rafer Rokeach v. Hanover Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65801, *1-16 (S.D.N.Y. May 19, 2015), the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York examined the undefined term “occurrence” in the deductibles...more

There Goes the Company’s Trade Secrets … Again

As an employment lawyer, I cannot tell you how many times a panicked employer contacts me when they learn that their confidential, proprietary trade secret information left along with the hot-headed, disgruntled recently...more

Law à la Mode - Edition 16 - May 2015 (Global)

In This Issues: - Key Considerations: For Negotiating Electronic Point Of Sale Solution Agreements - Fashion Forward And Tech Savvy: The Co-Branding Of Wearable Technologies - The Internet Of Things: The...more

Food Industry Continues to Face Data Privacy and Security Risk

In 2014, grocers and restaurants continued to be plagued by attacks leading to the theft of credit card information. Among others, Supervalu Inc. and Jimmy John’s both experienced intrusions in 2014, extending the string of...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 worker still eligible for workers’ compensation after fired for theft

Disabling accidents are tragically common among warehouse workers in Illinois. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 5 percent of full-time warehouse employees suffer a serious workplace injury every year....more

Inventory Computation Exclusion Bars Employee Theft Claim in Alabama

Employee theft claims are frequently problematic when the only evidence of shortage is a comparison between computer records and a physical inventory conducted after the malefactor has been discharged.  ...more

Employers, Don’t Be Caught In The “Bogus RIF” Trap!

I was disappointed earlier this week to see a consultant quoted in an otherwise good article in the Wall Street Journal – “Employee Theft Often Leads Small Firms to Make Bad Choices” — as advising the “bogus RIF” strategy...more

Chicago Court Hands Out Harsh Sentences for Hedge Fund Trade Secret Theft

Following earlier plea agreements, “Ben” Pu (“Pu”) and Sahil “Sonny” Uppal (“Uppal”) were sentenced today for stealing trade secrets related to high-frequency trading platforms from Chicago-based hedge fund Citadel. In what...more

FTC Charges Data Broker With Facilitating Theft Of Millions From Consumer Accounts

On December 23, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") announced the filing of a complaint charging a data broker with selling the sensitive personal information of hundreds of thousands of consumers to third parties that...more

Nosal Returns to the Ninth Circuit Posing the Question: Is a Password a Sufficient “Technological Access Barrier” Under the CFAA?

Observers following the legal issues surrounding the prosecution of David Nosal will be watching closely in 2015 as the former Korn Ferry executive returns to the Ninth Circuit to appeal his 2013 conviction on three counts of...more

Three Nike Employees Perpetrate Massive Theft of Trade Secrets then Bolt for Adidas

Nike has sued three former employees who left to work for Adidas. The company is suing for everything imaginable: Breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, fraud, conspiracy and more. In a fifty page Complaint, the athletic...more

"insights" Newsletter - Autumn 2014

In this issue: - Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") - Antitrust and Compliance Programs - Staffing Companies and their Clients - Employment Law Update - Impact of the Windsor...more

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