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A Trade Secret is any information, not generally known or easily ascertainable, by which an enterprise develops an economic advantage over competitors or customers. In order to maintain trade secrets'... more +
A Trade Secret is any information, not generally known or easily ascertainable, by which an enterprise develops an economic advantage over competitors or customers. In order to maintain trade secrets' protected legal status, enterprises must make reasonable efforts to keep the information secret and prevent unnecessary disclosure.  Trade Secrets may include processes, formulas, methods, designs, patterns, et cetera.   less -

[Webinar] 2017 National Year In Review: What You Need to Know About the Recent Cases/Developments in Trade Secrets, Non-Compete,...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In Seyfarth’s first installment of its 2018 Trade Secrets Webinar series, Seyfarth attorneys will review noteworthy cases and other legal developments from across the nation over the last year in the areas of trade secrets...more

New Year’s Resolution Series – Ringing Your Post-Employment Covenants into the New Year

Many state legislatures spent 2017 tinkering with post-employment covenants. Given the growing trend to legislate locally and the employee mobility issues that seem to nag every employer, we thought the New Year would be a...more

Pushing The Envelope: Eight Circuit Seals The Fate Of Envelope Company’s Trade Secret Claims

On December 8, 2017, the Eighth Circuit rejected trade secrets and other claims related to allegedly stolen customer lists. Applying Missouri state law, the federal appellate court continued the Show-Me State’s tradition of...more

Covenant Not to Compete/Landfill Gas Services: Federal Court Addresses Request for Preliminary Injunction

Like many service industries, conflicts sometimes arise between competitors in the environmental service industry segments. A federal district court, Western District, North Carolina (“Court”) addressed in a September 29th...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

WPI State of the States: Lawmakers Trade Jostling Bills for Jingle Bells

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With the holidays in full swing, state legislators across the country are enjoying a bit of a lull. December traditionally marks the calm before the storm, as most legislatures are out of session and will reconvene in...more

Massachusetts Once Again Is Considering Enacting Comprehensive Noncompete Legislation

For nearly a decade, Massachusetts legislators have considered various bills aimed at regulating the use of noncompetition agreements in the commonwealth. Noncompetes currently are governed by Massachusetts case law which,...more

Non-Compete and Trade Secret Law in Utah: What’s Changed, What Hasn’t Changed and How to Prepare for What’s Ahead

by Payne & Fears on

The general rule in the United States has historically permitted non-competition agreements when they are reasonable in time and geographic scope. California has been the leading exception. Business and Professions Code...more

Non-Compete Legislation Update: Why Choices of Law and Forum are a Big Deal

On October 31, 2017, the Joint Committee on Workforce and Development once again held a hearing to discuss the possibility of legislative changes to Massachusetts non-competition and trade secrets laws. There were several...more

Is Customer Information A Trade Secret? Not So Fast!

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Under what circumstances do customer information and business operations constitute “trade secrets” that may be enjoined from use by a former employee ? A recent decision by Justice Elizabeth H. Emerson on this issue serves...more

Defending Trade Secrets In The Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

Waking up to news of another major data breach seems to have become a daily routine. On the front pages and cable news, we hear about hackers, rogue governments, and shadowy figures involved with these data breaches. But too...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

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

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

Swimming Pool Company’s Non-Compete Claim Takes a Dive

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

When a company believes that an employee has breached a non-compete agreement by going to work for a competitor, one remedy it can seek is a preliminary injunction. A preliminary injunction is meant to preserve the status quo...more

New York Appellate Decision Questions Enforceability of Employee Non-Compete Agreements, Demonstrates Need for Employers to...

by Wilson Elser on

For more than a century, New York courts have been enforcing employee non-compete agreements, despite expressing their disfavor of these agreements and related enforcement challenges. In New York, as in many states,...more

Is My Noncompete With an Independent Contractor Enforceable?

by Fisher Phillips on

The Eight Circuit recently addressed this question in Ag Spectrum Co. v. Elder, Case No. 16-3113 (8th Cir. August 2, 2017). In that case, Ag Spectrum contracted with Vaughn Elder to work as an independent contractor. Elder...more

National Survey On Restrictive Covenants In Employment

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This survey has been provided by the Fox Rothschild Labor and Employment and Securities Industry practice groups as a quick reference for in-house counsel and human resource professionals. The law in this area not only...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

Other Perspectives on Trends in Employee Noncompetition Agreements

by Bryan Cave on

In mid-May, the New York Times published a long article reporting a national trend that employers are expanding both the number of employees who are required to sign non-competition agreements and the types of employees...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

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

Time to Review Your Non-Competition Agreements in Light of New Nevada Statutory Amendments

by Snell & Wilmer on

On June 3, 2017, the Governor of Nevada signed Assembly Bill 276 into law, making substantial changes to Nevada Revised Statute (“NRS”) 613, which governs non-competition agreements. The amendments are notable for not only...more

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