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Of Greek Gods and Data Breaches

by Thomas Fox on

The sorry story of Chris Correa, the St. Louis Cardinal executive convicted of hacking into the Houston Astros computer system expanded last month when Federal Judge Lynn Hughes unsealed details about the extent of the...more

Major League Baseball fines Cardinals and Plucks Draft Picks for Hacking the Astros

It doesn’t always pay to be a hacker. Major League Baseball (MLB) this week made a strong statement about its tolerance for teams hacking other teams. We previously reported on the incident when a Cardinals employee hacked...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Business Lessons from the Database Hack of the Houston Astros"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

Christopher Correa, a former scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, was recently sentenced to almost four years in prison for hacking the Houston Astros player-personnel database. While it seems far-fetched that hacking would...more

Baseball Hacking Scandal Leads To 4-Year Sentence And MLB Investigation

by King & Spalding on

On Monday, July 18, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas sentenced former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa to nearly four years in prison for the hacking of the Houston Astros’...more

Ex-Cardinals scouting director sentenced to serve time in jail for Astros database hacking

Back in January, we wrote about the ex-Cardinals Scouting Director pleading guilty to hacking the Houston Astros database. Now, this week, Christopher Correa, former scouting director and director of baseball development, was...more

Major League Baseball investigating Cardinals-Astros hacking

Promptly following the sentencing of Christopher Correa on July 18, 2016, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that Major League Baseball (MLB) is looking further into the hacking incident involving...more

When Stealing in Baseball Can Land You in Jail: Computer Fraud Sentencing Announced in MLB Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Although stealing bases, and even signs, in baseball may be part of the game, stealing another team’s trade secrets can land you in federal prison, as one executive recently learned the hard way. As we previously...more

Criminal Sanctions in a Trade Secret Dispute

by Fisher Phillips on

Just a few days after the Major League Baseball season opens next month, former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa will attend a sentencing hearing where he faces to up to five years in prison, a $250,000...more

Chris Correa Isn’t Billy Beane and This Isn’t Moneyball

by Cozen O'Connor on

The lights going on and off within the head of former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa were once probably flickering more actively than the lights inside of The Staples Center just before the Los Angeles...more

MLB Computer Hacking Scandal – The Intersection of Compliance and Cyber Security

by Thomas Fox on

Sorry but I have to begin this blog post with a short prescript on the passing of Glenn Frey. The Eagles were such a huge part of my teenage and college years that I am compelled to write about Glenn Frey and the band he...more

Former Cardinals Scouting Director pleads guilty to hacking the Astros’ database

Last Friday, Chris Correa, the former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals, pleaded guilty in federal court in Texas for unlawfully accessing the Houston Astros’ database, which included scouting and draft...more

Former Cardinals Scouting Director Pleads Guilty to Hacking Astros’ Computer Systems

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Economic espionage and computer hacking can touch all industries and business types. Computer hacking is a federal crime, and federal prosecutors are aggressively targeting cases involving the unauthorized access of a...more

The Vital Role of Cyber Insurance in Protecting a Team’s “Analytic Property”

by Reed Smith on

Professional sports organizations are facing a new off-field risk: potential exposure of their proprietary data. In this new age of data in professional sports, teams are spending millions of dollars on sabermetrics and other...more

Hacking Your Rivals – Corporate Espionage in Major League Baseball

As we approach the dog days of summer, baseball season is again in full bloom. We previously discussed old-fashioned sign stealing in the context of teams trying to gain a competitive advantage during an actual game. But it...more

Privacy Tuesday – June 2015

It’s appropriate that the “boys of summer” feature prominently in today’s post. Strike three for the St. Louis Cardinals? On another summer Privacy Monday in 2014, we made note of a reported hack into the Houston...more

Caught Stealing More Than Bases, St. Louis Cardinals Teach Trade Secret Safety to All Employers

by Reed Smith on

The recent hacking attack against the Houston Astros is a wake-up call for all employers: no organization is safe from its adversaries’ attempts to steal proprietary information to gain a leg up in the competition. The...more

The Houston Astros and a Compliance Defense in the FCPA

by Thomas Fox on

The Astros act like a corporation and like almost all corporations they look to pay the absolute cheapest that they can to get something. Those who advocate that there be a compliance defense added to the FCPA miss this...more

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