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On the Eve of The Esplanade July 4th Fireworks Celebration – Massachusetts May Not Blow Up Non-Competes After All – A Compromise is in the Air

Posted in Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability, Trade Secrets

There are signs that the debate over whether to ban non-competes may end in a compromise, a result many, including this blog, have predicted.

As we reported in Friday’s post, the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies held a public hearing yesterday at the Statehouse on HB4802, which would adopt the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“UTSA”), … Continue Reading

Another Public Hearing Scheduled for Massachusetts Non-Compete Bill: What’s Next?

Posted in Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability, Trade Secrets

We reported in our post of June 11th that Governor Patrick had introduced a sweeping economic growth bill (HB4045) — that, if passed, would ban employee non-competes in the Commonwealth. We also explained that subsequent to Governor Patrick’s bill, another bill (HB4082), was introduced that stripped Governor’s Patrick’s bill and left only those portions dealing with trade secrets … Continue Reading

Inching Closer to California: An Update on Massachusetts Non-Compete Legislation

Posted in Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability, Practice & Procedure, Trade Secrets

As we have previously reported, in April of this year, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick introduced a sweeping economic growth bill (HB4045) that, if passed, would ban employee non-competes in the Commonwealth.  The bill has taken a somewhat convoluted path to date, and we wanted to update you on some notable twists and turns.

First, in mid-May, yet another bill … Continue Reading

Upcoming Webinar: Trade Secret and Non-Compete Legislative Update

Posted in Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability, Social Media, Trade Secrets

On Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. central, in Seyfarth’s fourth installment of our 2014 Trade Secrets Webinar Series, Seyfarth attorneys Kate Perrelli, Dawn Mertineit and Daniel Hart will discuss the significant statutory changes to several jurisdictions’ laws regarding trade secrets and restrictive covenants and pending legislation proposed in additional jurisdictions over the past year.  As trade secrets … Continue Reading

Robert Milligan Explaining the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2014

Posted in Legislation, Trade Secrets

As we discussed on the blog not too long ago, a significant new bill was recently introduced in Congress seeking to add a federal civil cause of action for trade secret theft.  In a bipartisan effort, Senators Christopher Coons (D-Del) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced the bill in late April 2014. On May … Continue Reading

Big Changes May Be Ahead for the Nation’s Trade Secret Laws

Posted in Data Theft, Espionage, Legislation, Trade Secrets

By Robert Milligan and Joshua Salinas

A significant new bill was recently introduced in Congress seeking to add a federal civil cause of action for trade secret theft. 

On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in a bipartisan effort, Senators Christopher Coons (D-Del) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced the bill.

Senators Coons and Hatch’s bill, … Continue Reading

Talking About Big Data: A Framework

Posted in Legislation, Privacy, Trade Secrets

Cross Posted from Global Privacy Watch

The White House released a set of reports this month on Big Data and the privacy implications of Big Data. While a number of folks have been discussing the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (“PCAST”) report, I would offer that the Office of Science and Technology Policy (“OSTP”) report needs … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Moves to Ban Non-Competes – Dawn Mertineit Explains What Employers Should Do Now

Posted in Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability, Trade Secrets

As we discussed on the blog not too long ago, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently introduced legislation that would eliminate virtually all employee non-compete agreements, with a few minor exceptions.  On April 23, Dawn Mertineit spoke with LexBlog’s Colin O’Keefe in a live online interview to discuss what this proposed legislation could mean for employers with Massachusetts operations.  Specifically, Dawn … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Governor Proposes Sweeping Legislation Banning Non-Compete Agreements

Posted in Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability, Trade Secrets

By Katherine E. Perrelli, Dawn Mertineit and Erik W. Weibust

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick proposed sweeping legislation that would eliminate employee non-compete agreements in Massachusetts.  While it remains to be seen whether this bill will actually become law, employers should be aware of the potential implications of this far-reaching bill, and should implement steps sooner rather than … Continue Reading

Scott Schaefers Discussing Employee Social Media Privacy – How Employers Can Strike the Necessary Balance

Posted in Legislation, Privacy, Social Media, Trade Secrets

On April 16th, Scott Schaefers spoke with LexBlog’s Colin O’Keefe in a live online interview about what employers need to know about the social networking privacy legislation passed by thirteen states in the last two years.  Scott discussed Seyfarth’s soon-to-be-published survey of that legislation, as well as some ideas of what employers can do to protect its proprietary assets.  Those … Continue Reading

Update: Massachusetts Governor Proposes Sweeping Legislation Banning Non-Compete Agreements

Posted in Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability, Trade Secrets

By Katherine Perrelli, Dawn Mertineit, and Erik Weibust

As we reported last week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has proposed sweeping legislation that would eliminate employee non-compete agreements in Massachusetts.  Now that we have had an opportunity to review the Governor’s bill, entitled “An Act to Promote Growth and Opportunity” (HB4045), we wanted to report back on its … Continue Reading

Breaking News: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to Propose Legislation Eliminating Non-Compete Agreements in Certain Industries

Posted in Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability, Trade Secrets

By Dawn Mertineit and Erik Weibust

The Boston Globe reported this morning that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will propose legislation today that would eliminate non-compete agreements in technology, life sciences, and “other industries,” with his secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Greg Bialecki, stating that the administration “feel[s] like noncompetes are a barrier to innovation in Massachusetts.”  No word just … Continue Reading

Trading Secrets – 2013 Year in Review

Posted in Computer Fraud, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, International, Legislation, Social Media, Trade Secrets

Seyfarth Shaw is pleased to announce the publication of the Trading Secrets 2013 Year in Review. The 2013 Review is a compilation of our significant blog posts from 2013 and is categorized by specific topics such as: Trade Secrets; Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; Non-Competes and Restrictive Covenants; Legislation; International and Social Media. As the specific blog entries, including … Continue Reading

Top 10 Developments/Headlines in Trade Secret, Computer Fraud, and Non-Compete Law in 2013

Posted in Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Computer Fraud, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Cybersecurity, Data Theft, Espionage, International, Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability, Practice & Procedure, Privacy, Restrictive Covenants, Social Media, Trade Secrets, Unfair Competition

By Robert Milligan and Joshua Salinas

As part of our annual tradition, we are pleased to present our discussion of the top 10 developments/headlines in trade secret, computer fraud, and non-compete law for 2013. Please join us for our complimentary webinar on March 6, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. P.S.T., where we will discuss them in greater detail. As with all Continue Reading

Upcoming Webinar: 2013 National Year in Review — What You Need to Know About the Recent Cases/Developments in Trade Secrets, Non-Compete and Computer Fraud Law

Posted in Computer Fraud, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Cybersecurity, Espionage, International, Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability, Practice & Procedure, Social Media, Trade Secrets

On Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Central, Michael Wexler, Jim McNairy and Josh Salinas will present Seyfarth’s first installment of its 2014 Trade Secrets Webinar series. They will review noteworthy cases and other legal developments from across the nation this past year in the areas of trade secret and data theft, non-compete enforceability, computer fraud, and the interplay … Continue Reading

2013 Trade Secrets Webinar Series – Year in Review

Posted in Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Cybersecurity, International, Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability, Practice & Procedure, Privacy, Restrictive Covenants, Social Media, Trade Secrets

Throughout 2013, Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s dedicated Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Competes Practice Group hosted a series of CLE webinars that addressed significant issues facing clients today in this important and ever changing area of law.

The series consisted of twelve webinars:

1. 2012 National Year in Review: What You Need to Know About the Recent Cases/Developments in Trade Secrets, Continue Reading

U.S. Counsels Cross-Border Consistency In Criminal Consequences For Trade Secret Theft

Posted in International, Legislation, Trade Secrets

What do the laws of the United States, Peru and Australia have in common when it comes to imposing similar riminal penalties for trade secret misappropriation?  Virtually nothing!

In the U.S., criminal penalties for misappropriating trade secrets range from 10 to 15 years.  In Peru, the maximum criminal sentence for stealing trade secrets is 2 years.  And in Australia, there … Continue Reading

Texas Changes Law To Strengthen The Ability Of Companies To Protect Their Information

Posted in Legislation, Trade Secrets

Until recently, Texas common law governed misappropriation of trade secrets lawsuits in Texas. That changed when he 2013 Texas legislature adopted a version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“UTSA”). The new act is known as the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“TUTSA”). New York and Massachusetts are now the only two states to not adopt some form or variation … Continue Reading

California Legislature Passes Bill To Extend Social Media Privacy Laws To Public Employers

Posted in Legislation, Privacy, Social Media, Trade Secrets

Big Brother can’t ask for access to your “personal” social media accounts in the public hiring and employment setting except in certain narrow circumstances if Governor Jerry Brown signs a new social media privacy bill recently passed by the California legislature.

The California Senate passed a bill to extend California’s social media privacy law to public employers last week.

The … Continue Reading

Is Massachusetts Inching Closer to California? Governor Deval Patrick Issues Public Support for the “Outright Elimination” of Non-Compete Agreements

Posted in Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability, Practice & Procedure, Trade Secrets

We attended a hearing today before the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development regarding the pending non-compete legislation on which we have previously posted

Among others who testified about the issue was Governor Deval Patrick’s Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Gregory Bialecki. 

Mr. Bialecki finally acknowledged publicly what the Patrick Administration has been dancing around … Continue Reading

Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act Now Applicable

Posted in Legislation, Practice & Procedure, Trade Secrets

Texas recently adopted a version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“UTSA”).  The new act will be known as the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“TUTSA”).  New York and Massachusetts are now the only two states to not adopt some form or variation of the UTSA.         

The TUTSA takes effect during the Labor Day weekend on September 1, 2013.  However, … Continue Reading

U.S. Senators Propose Legislation To Strengthen Federal Criminal Trade Secret Laws

Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Theft, International, Legislation, Trade Secrets

Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) recently proposed a draft discussion bill to amend the federal Economic Espionage Act and enhance criminal trade secret protections.  

The amendments would expand the Economic Espionage Act to expressly cover trade secret misappropriation sponsored by foreign governments and theft taken at their request, provide victims with additional procedures to protect their trade … Continue Reading

Georgia Court Rules That Non-Compete Does Not Bind Seller’s Agents

Posted in Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability

Summary.  Marguerite and her two daughters were the members and managers of an LLC.  On behalf of the LLC, Marguerite negotiated and executed a contract to sell its assets to N&N Holdings.  The contract contained a covenant providing that “neither Seller nor its agents” would compete with, or solicit customers or employees of, the buyer during specified periods in a … Continue Reading