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USE IT OR LOSE IT! Enforce Your Arbitration Agreement Or Waive Your Right To Arbitrate Your Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims

Earlier this month, a federal court in the Middle District of Tennessee denied an employer’s motion to compel arbitration, finding that it waived its right to arbitration by engaging in litigation....more

More Bumps in the Road for Uber along the Trade Secret Highway

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a California district court decision denying a trade secret defendant’s motion to compel arbitration based on a prior employment agreement between the plaintiff and an...more

[Webinar] Best Practices for Employers When Dealing With Issues Relating to Employment Agreements with Restrictive...

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Many companies frequently use non-compete and non-solicit clauses in their employment agreements. However, there are several important legal issues to consider before drafting and executing these agreements. When an employee...more

Keys to the Kingdom: How Confidentiality Agreements Are Key to Keeping Business Information Secret

by Payne & Fears on

In today’s business environment, greater employee mobility and technological advances underscore the need to protect a company’s confidential information and trade secrets. Stories of employees departing with confidential...more

[Webinar] An M&A Primer for Software Companies - October 18th, 1:00pm ET

by BakerHostetler on

When contemplating a sale of your company, your hope as a businessperson and software engineer is that you have made it as valuable as possible. From a legal perspective, there are some simple, yet important, steps to...more

Massachusetts Legislature Schedules Hearing on Non-Compete Reform

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Massachusetts legislature is back at it again. Under new leadership, the Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development recently scheduled a hearing for October 31, 2017 on the non-compete reform bills proposed in...more

Technology Policies Protect The Company and its IP

A computer and technology policy is an important part of protecting and managing intellectual property. A business should consider establishing a policy that addresses the following points...more

Departing Employees: Ensuring Protection of Trade Secrets and Intellectual Property

“Knowledge is power” goes the old adage. Well, that is certainly true in the world of business where secret processes, confidential designs, and even a good customer list can give a business a vital commercial edge over its...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act: Recent Developments Raise Questions About Inadvertent Disclosure

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), signed into law last year by President Obama, revolutionized intellectual property law by creating a new civil cause of action permitting trade secret owners to sue for misappropriation...more

DTSA and Ex Parte Seizure – Lessons From The First Ex Parte Seizure Under The DTSA

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) Ex Parte Seizure mechanism allows victims of trade secret misappropriation to quickly prevent further dissemination of confidential information by asking a court to direct federal marshals...more

The Not-So-Secret Recipe: How Restaurants Can Protect Their Trade Secrets

Restaurant fortunes are often attributable to just one or two signature dishes, and recipe ownership dilemmas can arise in restaurants of all sizes. Recent examples include a joint venture gone awry, resulting in a war over...more

Series: Defend Trade Secrets Act | Pleading A Claim Under the DTSA

by Fish & Richardson on

Courts have had over a year to address the pleading requirements under the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), after it took effect in May 2016. The general pleading standard remains the plausibility test under the...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: August 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Wage and Hour - Tenth Circuit Aligns with Cumbie on Tip Credits - In Marlow v. New Food Guy, Inc., No. 16-1134, 861 F. 3d 1157 (10th Cir. June 30, 2017), the court affirmed the district court's ruling, consistent with...more

Illinois Employers Should Not Depend on Blue Penciling to Enforce Restrictive Covenants

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Illinois is one of several jurisdictions that recognizes the authority of courts to blue pencil or judicially modify otherwise unenforceable restrictive covenants to be enforceable. See, e.g. Weitekamp v. Lane, 250 Ill. App....more

Recent Illinois Developments in Employee Non-Compete and Trade Secret Enforcement Actions: What Every Employer Should Know

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Over the past several months, state and federal courts in Illinois have issued several important decisions that will impact employers’ efforts to enforce post-employment restrictive covenants and protect their trade secrets....more

Jones Day’s Review of Business-Related Cases in the Supreme Court’s October Term 2016

by Jones Day on

During what many have labeled a “quiet Term,” the U.S. Supreme Court, working with only eight justices for most of the session, still delivered at least 30 rulings of particular interest to business and industry. These...more

Non-Compete News – Third Circuit Says Tortious Interference with a Non-Compete Requires Actual Knowledge of the Agreement at Issue

by FordHarrison on

An employer hiring an individual known to be subject to a non-compete contract can expect to be accused of tortiously interfering with that contract. On the other hand, the hiring employer should be innocent of wrongdoing if...more

Courts Continue to Enforce Foreign Non-Competes in California While the Window for Such Agreements Slowly Closes

Contrary to common perception, California employees who signed restrictive covenants prior to January 1, 2017 are not completely immune to enforcement of all restrictions on competition. For the second time in several years,...more

The Third Circuit Addresses the Defend Trade Secrets Act and Appears to Have Applied the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) states very clearly that an injunction issued pursuant thereto may not “prevent a person from entering into an employment relationship,” and that any conditions placed on a former...more

Court Rules Decisively in Battle Between eDiscovery Providers Over Hired Sales Agents: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

In a lawsuit filed by DTI against LDiscovery and four former sales agents of DTI who were hired by LDiscovery, claiming they misappropriated trade secrets, interfered with client relationships and breached their contracts, an...more

Nevada Adds Requirements for Valid Non-Competition Agreements and Allows Blue-Penciling

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On June 3, 2017, Governor Sandoval signed Assembly Bill 276 into law, amending Nevada Revised Statute 613, which governs non-competition agreements. Notably, the law adds requirements to the enforceability and validity of...more

Employment News - July 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

You cannot be serious – application for injunction refused - In NIIT Technologies Ltd v Chaturvedi the High Court turned down an application to enforce a non-solicitation of employees covenant, on the basis that there was...more

Why having a clear understanding with employees is important

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Over the years, we have written a number of articles about the importance of making sure your employment documents contain clear, understandable language. One of our federal district judges was recently faced with an...more

Illinois Federal Court Allows Inevitable Disclosure Theory in Defend Trade Secrets Act Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On May 11, 2017, a Northern District of Illinois federal court ruled that a Plaintiff properly alleged misappropriation under both the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) and the Illinois Trade Secrets Act (ITSA) in a...more

Non-Competition Clauses: Enforceable or Just for Show?

by Field Law on

When can a non-competition clause actually stop someone from working? Or are these clauses just for show? Let's take a look at a couple of cases involving departing employees who find themselves in hot water with a former...more

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