Tortious Interference

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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

Superior Court Upholds Multimillion Dollar Verdict

This decision upholds a rare multimillion dollar jury verdict for interference with the plaintiff’s business, including a $5,500,000 damage award for “humiliation” damages. ...more

Second-Place Bidder On Public Works Contract Could Proceed With Tortious Interference Claim

Between 2009 and 2012, American Asphalt South, Inc. (“American”) outbid Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. (“Allan”) or Doug Martin Contracting, Inc. (“Martin”) on 23 public works contracts totaling more than $14.6 million to apply...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Actions Directed At Forum Resident Alone Are Not Enough for Personal Jurisdiction

In Picot v. Weston, (filed 3/19/15, No. 12-17098), Plaintiff sought a declaration that there was no oral agreement between plaintiff and defendant concerning the sale of proprietary technology and alleged that defendant had...more

Failing to Pay Prevailing Wages May Have Just Cost You More Than You Thought

Mechanics lien claims, payment bond claims, stop payment notice claims, delay claims, defect claims, abandonment claims . . . With the variety of claims unique to construction projects it’s easy to forget that...more

Can Comments By a Federal Employee Result in a Taking Requiring Compensation Under the Fifth Amendment?

It depends. A recent decision out of the Federal Circuit tackled this very issue, and the court’s decision strongly suggests that a taking could arise under the right circumstances. (Filler v. U.S. (Fed. Cir. Mar. 10, 2015)...more

A New Front Opens up in the Arizona Solar Battle

On March 2, 2015, SolarCity Corporation (“SolarCity”) filed suit in the federal District Court for the District of Arizona against the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District (“SRP”) alleging that SRP...more

Jury Awards $58.7 Million for Trade Secret Misappropriation After Technology Disclosure Pursuant to NDA

On March 6, in a U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas case, Texas Advanced Optoelectric Solutions (TAOS) Inc. obtained a verdict against Intersil Corp. (Nasdaq: ISIL) for trade secret misappropriation, breach...more

There Is A Difference Between "Inducing" Something and "Causing" Something

If you asked me to list my favorite torts, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage would be near the bottom of the list. But that tort was front and center in Judge McGuire's Opinion in KRG New Hill...more

Appellate Court Notes

- SC18927 - State v. Gonzalez - AC35406 - Rodriguez v. State - AC35570 - Tremper v. State - AC35972 - Bouchard v. Deep River [Dumpster diving can be hazardous to your health. As a devotee of the...more

YouTube Kills Viral Video for Being Too Popular, Six Year Old Sues

Sure, there are lots of viral YouTube videos.  There’s Katy Perry’s left shark, the owls dance off  and of course the kitten sup-purr bowl, but it might surprise you to learn that YouTube removed a video for being too...more

Employers' Motive No Longer a Basis for Tortious Interference

The Utah Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling last week that significantly changes tortious interference law, requiring the plaintiff to show a wrongful act to pursue a claim. The decision in Eldridge v. Johndrow partially...more

California Sunshine Warms the Market: A Twist on Customer Non-Solicitation Provisions in the Golden State

Those of you reading our Employee Mobility blog posts are familiar with California’s unique approach to non-compete agreements: they are, except in a few limited circumstances, unenforceable in the Golden State. And that...more

Content Extraction and Transmission, LLC vs. Wells Fargo Bank (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Patentee Content Extraction and Transmission (CET) owns U.S. Patent Nos. 5,258,855 (the '855 patent), 5,369,508 (the '508 patent), 5,625,465 (the '465 patent), and 5,768,416 (the '416 patent). The '508, '465, and '416...more

Octane Fitness Changes the Landscape for Trademark Cases Too

Fair Wind Sailing, Inc. v. Dempster - Addressing for the first time the application of the Supreme Court decision in Octane Fitness to trademark cases, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a...more

Running Interference: S.D.N.Y. Lays Out Standards for Tortious Interference in Dispute Between Watchmaker and Former Employees

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently cleared the way for a Michigan watchmaker to pursue claims for trade secret misappropriation, among other things, against two former employees who left to...more

Where Did My Customer Go? Some Pleading Parameters for Tortious Interference

A Federal court in New York recently provided some pleading parameters for employers for claims of tortious interference with business relations....more

Court Grants in Part and Denies in Part JPMorgan’s Motion to Dismiss RMBS Action

On October 16, Judge Susan J. Dlott of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio granted in part and denied in part several JPMorgan entities’ motion to dismiss a complaint filed by several Western &...more

FCRA Preempts Tortious Interference Claim, Says NJ Court

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)—a federal law that regulates the collection and use of “consumer information”—covers employers who solicit third-party vendors known as consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) to run background...more

Bankruptcy Bleak House—The Limited Ability of Bankruptcy Courts to Enter Final Judgments

In Stern V. Marshall, ____ U.S ___, 131 S. Ct. 2594 (2011), the Supreme Court held that bankruptcy courts cannot issue final judgments on state law counterclaims even though they are “core proceeding”. Stern V. Marshall is...more

Affiliate Marketer Can Survive Motion to Dismiss on Breach of Contract for Referrals

Affiliate marketers are a considerable cog in assisting companies, including search engines and online retailers, in guiding potential customers to click on sponsored links. In expediting the acquisition of potential...more

Third Circuit Decision Will Make It More Difficult for Employers to Defeat FMLA Interference and Retaliation Claims

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision that raises the bar for employers seeking summary judgment on claims raised under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for interference with...more

Competitor’s Privilege a Competitive Advantage? Only if there’s not improper means!

Tennessee recognizes the tort of interference with prospective business relations. But there’s an exception for competitors. One who intentionally causes a third person not to enter into a prospective contractual...more

Tortious Interference in Virginia – Improper Methods Requirement

The U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia says a company that hired away a competitor’s employees may be liable for tortious interference. This can occur with an at-will business contract without the need...more

It is Not Tortious to Interfere if You Are Exercising a Legitimate Interest or Right

In many commercial disputes, one or more of the parties will assert a tortious interference claim against the other. While there are several variations of tortious interference claims (e.g., interference with existing...more

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