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Don’t Worry, Your Secret is Safe With Me

by Fisher Phillips on

Many defendants attempt to defend claims for trade secret misappropriation by claiming that they never used or disclosed the information in question. Based on a recent ruling by a federal district court in New York, however,...more

Contract Corner: Is It Time for Form NDA Spring Cleaning?

by Morgan Lewis on

It is important to periodically review form agreements to ensure that the provisions that were favorable or represented your company’s position in the past continue to accurately protect your company’s interests....more

Texas Supreme Court Declines To Take Up Case Requesting That A Plaintiff Describe The Elements Of Any Trade Secret Process That It...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Late last week, the Texas Supreme Court denied a petition for mandamus in which the petitioner sought an order compelling a plaintiff to identify the specific trade secrets it contends were misappropriated, bucking what...more

Voluntary FOIA Exemptions: Aurora Police Lawsuit Provides a Cautionary Tale

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officer for the city of Aurora, Ill., released "largely unredacted" documents in response to an incarcerated felon's request for information about the police officers who worked the...more

Best in Law: Tips to Keep Client-Attorney Communications Confidential

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Most people have heard of the “attorney-client privileged communication” and may even have a fair idea of what that means. But a lack of understanding about how it works can lead to errors that can render the communication no...more

Mine Your Own Business: Multinational Mining Company Seeks Protection Of Alleged Trade Secrets During Discovery

Last week, multinational mining giant Rio Tinto asked a federal court in Manhattan to shield its document disclosures to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from the public eye....more

NY Appellate Court Reverses Ruling on Discovery of “Private” Facebook Posts: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

In Forman v. Henkin, No. 1. (N.Y. Feb. 13, 2018), the Court of Appeals of New York reinstated a trial judge’s ruling requiring the plaintiff who was disabled in a horse riding accident to turn over “private” photos to the...more

Competition Bureau Resolves Two Drip Pricing Cases

The Canadian Competition Bureau (Bureau) has recently reached settlements with Leon’s Furniture Limited (Leon’s) and The Brick Ltd. (The Brick) and Enterprise Rent-A-Car Canada Company (Enterprise), addressing marketing...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Need To Disclose A Director’s Opinions

by Morris James LLP on

Appel v. Berkman, No. 316, 2017 (February 20, 2018) - When seeking stockholder votes it is not always clear when the company must disclose an opinion of an individual director on the merits of the proposed transaction....more

Delaware District Court Finds No Work-Product or Common Legal Interest Protection for Certain Pre-Suit and Pre-Agreement Documents...

by Mintz Levin on

Recently, the District of Delaware held that a there was no work-product protection, and no common legal interest protection covering communications and documents shared between a patent owner and a third-party litigation...more

High Court Rules That Litigation Privilege Can Apply in Respect of Internal Investigations

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In Bilta (UK) Ltd (in Liquidation) & Ors v Royal Bank of Scotland plc and Mercuria Energy Europe Trading Limited [2017] EWCH 3535 (Ch) (“Bilta v RBS”), the High Court upheld RBS’s claim of litigation privilege over documents...more

An Employer’s Notice to Employees of a Mandatory Arbitration Program May be Insufficient Basis to Compel Arbitration

Arbitration is of course a creature of contract, and so a party may not be compelled to arbitrate unless it has agreed, or is deemed to have agreed, to arbitrate a dispute. An offeree may be deemed to have manifested its...more

The Deal Quotes Douglas Rappaport on Litigation Strategies for Shareholder Activists

The Deal article quoted Akin Gump's attorney Douglas Rappaport. Douglas Rappaport, a partner in the litigation practice at Akin Gump, has been quoted by The Deal in “Activist Spotlight: Litigation Strategy Moves Behind the...more

Pre-Action Disclosure – Moving Beyond the U.K.'s Borders

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A weapon of value to litigants in England is the ability to seek disclosure of documents from a likely party to litigation before proceedings begin. The benefits of such disclosure are numerous; the applicant can obtain...more

CFPB Amends Prepaid Accounts Rule and Delays its Effective Date

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On January 25, 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or “Bureau”) finalized amendments (“2018 Amendments”) to its final Prepaid Accounts Rule (“Final Rule”), which was published in November 2016. The Bureau...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Recognizes Common-Law Cause of Action for Unauthorized Disclosure of Confidential Medical Information

In a long-awaited decision concerning the confidentiality of medical records and patient privacy, the Connecticut Supreme Court recently concluded that the physician-patient relationship establishes a duty of confidentiality...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Recognizes Common-Law Cause of Action for Unauthorized Disclosure of Confidential Medical Information

In a long-awaited decision concerning the confidentiality of medical records and patient privacy, the Connecticut Supreme Court recently concluded that the physician-patient relationship establishes a duty of confidentiality...more

Federal Court Finds “Oral Downloads” to SEC Waived Attorney Work Product Protection

by Dechert LLP on

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman, in the Southern District of Florida, ruled last month that outside counsel’s “oral downloads” of internal investigation findings to the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 80, The Last Jedi Edition

by Thomas Fox on

Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the top compliance- and ethics-related stories of the week, including: 1. There are several FCPA 40th anniversary pieces going up these days. The FCPA Blog is looking...more

Proposed Amendment to Commercial Division Rule 11-g Seeks to Add Clawback Language to Standard Confidentiality Order

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Disclosure of Electronically Stored Information (“ESI”) has become a staple in commercial cases. Of course, with the vast number of documents and ESI being reviewed and the increased complexity in the review process, the...more

Litigation procedure: a round-up for construction in-house lawyers

by Dentons on

Proposals for new disclosure rules in the offing - The changes made to the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) back in 2013 introduced a new menu of disclosure options to make the process more efficient and ensure that costs are...more

Commercial Division Considers Default Clawback Provisions for Confidentiality Stipulations

The advent of large electronic productions has propelled a proposal to adopt new language in the standard confidentiality order used in the Commercial Division. This proposal is designed to protect parties against...more

November Trust and Estates Litigation Advisory

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Since our last newsletter, there has been one significant development in the Probate and Family Court, and one decision of note. First, effective as of November 20, 2017, the Probate and Family Court issued Standing...more

Protection for Investigation Materials Remains in the Eye of the Beholder

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

One of the most problematic questions facing companies simultaneously undergoing a review by external counsel and responding to a government inquiry is whether the information shared with or created by counsel will be...more

SEC Approves New PCAOB Auditing Report Standard

On October 23, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) unanimously approved (the “Approval Release”) the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) proposal to adopt a new auditing standard, AS 3101,...more

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