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Proposed Bill Would Prohibit Confidentiality in Sexual Harassment Settlement Agreements

In light of the sexual misconduct scandals that have dominated the news as of late, it was only a matter of time before proposed legislative responses would arise. Pennsylvania employers should take note of one proposed bill...more

New Jersey Proposes to Drastically Restrict the Use of Non-Compete Agreements

Last month, the New Jersey State Senate introduced Senate Bill 3518 (the “Bill”), which, if passed, will severely restrict the use and enforceability of employee non-compete agreements in the state of New Jersey. Most...more

No Dismissal of Claim Against Defendant Accused of Transferring Company Info to Dropbox Account: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Abbott Labs. v. Finkel, No. 17-cv-00894-CMA (D. Colo. Nov. 17, 2017), Colorado District Judge Christine M. Arguello denied the defendant-movant’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff-respondent’s conversion claim that the...more

Reconsidering Limits on Confidentiality Provisions Where Sexual Misconduct is Involved

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

It does not require insightful analysis to conclude that something is broken when it comes to reporting and addressing sexual misconduct in the workplace. One attempt to fix part of the “brokenness” comes from the...more

Choice of Laws Analyses Can Be Dispositive

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Although most jurisdictions agree on many basic privilege issues, some important variations remain. The most important involves a few states' rejection of the majority Upjohn v. United States, 449 U.S. 383 (1981) rule...more

Don't Ignore Privacy and Data Security: Pre-Deal and Negotiation Considerations for Buyers in Merger and Acquisition Transactions

Almost all parties are required to exchange personal data as part of a merger and acquisition transaction. With data breaches on the rise, any buyer in a M&A transaction cannot afford to ignore privacy and data security...more

Lessons You Can Learn From the Chadbourne Litigation and Ensuing Discovery Disputes

by Fisher Phillips on

When you combine an increased social awareness of pay disparity issues with an influx of new pay equity legislation at the state and local level, it’s no surprise that lawsuits involving large and high-profile employers are...more

Non-Compete News: Georgia Court of Appeals Confirms Lack of Geographic or Material Contact Limitation Does Not Invalidate...

by FordHarrison on

Georgia’s recent Restrictive Covenant Act, enacted in 2011, does not directly address non-solicitation of employees a/k/a non-recruitment covenants, thereby leaving such provisions subject to the principles developed by...more

Revised LSTA Code of Conduct and Statement of Principles for the Communication and Use of Confidential Information

by Reed Smith on

On November 16, 2017, the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (the “LSTA”) published its revised Code of Conduct (the “Code of Conduct”) and Statement of Principles for the Communication and Use of Confidential...more

Juicing Up Your Policies: How To Protect Your Trade Secrets

Recently, popular Southern California juice and aguas frescas chain Green Crush filed suit against up-and-coming rival juice bar Paradise Splash and several individuals. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the...more

The Boundary Layer Between Law and Technology in the Connected Society

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If someone said to me, “You have to choose one phrase to describe the last couple of decades of world history, what would it be?” I would have very little trouble answering that question. I would describe the last couple of...more

High Court Ruling Helps Protect Confidentiality of Arbitral Awards

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The High Court recently held that a party was not free to disclose an arbitral award even though that award had already entered the public domain. Notably, the ruling may have significant implications for parties considering...more

U.K. Court Orders Employee To Hand Over Personal Computer

It is increasingly common that there are disputes with employees at the end of employment about whether or not they have taken or retained an employer’s confidential information. Most employers in the UK have a provision...more

Court Orders Employee To Hand Over Personal Computer

It is increasingly common that there are disputes with employees at the end of employment about whether or not they have taken or retained an employer’s confidential information. Most employers have a provision relating to...more

IP in the Food & Beverage Industry

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

Snack foods, packaging and bottling equipment, recipes and restaurants are all part of one of the world’s largest industries. The food sector plays an essential role in the economies of many countries, accounting for multi...more

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

Healthcare Employers, Beware: HIPAA Whistleblowers Could Be (Legally) Leaking Protected Health Information

by Fisher Phillips on

In this day and age, healthcare employers are quite familiar with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which protects the disclosure of patients’ confidential health information. After all, in the...more

5 Key Takeaways: IP Aspects of a Product to Market Timeline: A Comprehensive Look at Protecting the IP of a New Product

Kilpatrick Townsend partner Karam Saab recently presented to the Association of Corporate Counsel Denver Chapter on “IP Aspects of a Product to Market Timeline: A Comprehensive Look at Protecting the IP of a New Product.” ...more

How Can Law Firms Help Maximize Privilege Protection for Consultants They Hire?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last week's Privilege Point highlighted the difficulty of establishing that client agents/consultants are inside privilege protection. In contrast, lawyer’s agents/consultants can deserve privilege protection – but only if...more

Worldwide Injunction… by Australian Court

by Field Law on

Those familiar with the controversy surrounding the Google / Equustek saga will be interested to know that Canada is not alone in extending its reach in internet-related disputes. This worldwide injunction was issued by an...more

AEO Designations: A Balance Between Protecting Trade Secrets And Allowing Defendants To Defend Themselves

Whenever a trade secret owner asserts its rights in court against a party alleged to have misappropriated the trade secret, there is always a risk that the trade secret will be publicly disclosed during discovery or during...more

FDA to Rely on Drug Inspections Performed by Certain European Regulatory Authorities Beginning November 1, 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Earlier yesterday, FDA announced that it has determined that the regulatory authorities of Austria, Croatia, France, Italy, Malta, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom are “capable of conducting inspections of...more

Arbitration World

by K&L Gates LLP on

Welcome to this 35th edition of Arbitration World, a publication from K&L Gates’ International Arbitration Group that highlights significant developments and issues in international and domestic arbitration for executives and...more

Practice Pointer: “An Absolute Plague”

You cannot retract any confidential information after you file a document publicly. If an error is made, the clerk’s office can accept requests to address the error during working hours....more

IT Will Scare You – eDiscovery Horrors!

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Today is Halloween! Hard to believe, but for eight years now, we have identified stories to try to “scare” you with tales of eDiscovery and cybersecurity horrors because we are, after all, an eDiscovery blog. Let’s see how we...more

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