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Webinar Recap! National Year in Review of Recent Cases/Developments in Trade Secrets, Non-Compete, and Computer Fraud Law

Posted in Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Non-Compete Enforceability, Social Media, Trade Secrets

By Michael Wexler, James McNairy and Joshua Salinas

We are pleased to let you know that the 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” is now available as a podcast and webinar recording.

In Seyfarth’s first installment of its 2014 Trade Secrets …

Upcoming Client Webinar: Employee Social Networking: Protecting Your Trade Secrets In Social Media

Posted in Social Media, Trade Secrets

On Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Central, Seyfarth’s second installment of its 2014 Trade Secrets Webinar series will address the relationship between trade secrets and social media. 

The Seyfarth panel will specifically address the following topics:…

Defining and understanding trade secrets in social media, including a deeper dive into how courts are interpreting ownership of and whether social

Big Data and IP Business Strategy

Posted in Computer Fraud, Cybersecurity, Data Theft, Privacy, Social Media

As a special feature of our blog –special guest postings by experts, clients, and other professionals –please enjoy this blog entry about the big data and IP business strategy by technology lawyer and IP strategist Joren De Wachter. Joren serves as a Co Chair with me on the ITechLaw Intellectual Property Law Committee and has an excellent blog of his …

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 …

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

Social Media and Its Impact on the Workplace: What Every Employer Needs To Consider

Posted in Social Media

The rapid evolution of social media and the activities of employees have created legal challenges for employers. Social media has the potential to impact almost every aspect of an employment relationship. Cyberbullying, harassment, protected concerted activity, employment discrimination, confidential company information, and employee privacy rights are all issues that employers have been forced to struggle with when addressing the use/misuse …

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 …

Tips For Protecting Trade Secrets In The Social Media Age

Posted in Social Media, Trade Secrets

Social media clearly has numerous uses and benefits, as hundreds of millions of users worldwide can attest. From connecting with a long lost friend, to marketing a new product or service, to organizing a high school reunion or even an uprising in the Middle East, social media has become a ubiquitous part of our lives. But its rapid proliferation comes …

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,

Trading Secrets Makes ABA Top 100 Blawg List!

Posted in Social Media, Trade Secrets

The American Bar Association recently announced their winners for their 7th Annual Blawg 100 competition and our Trading Secrets blog has made the list for the first time in the Labor & Employment category!

We thank everyone who nominated and voted for us, and we really appreciate all of your support.

The ABA is now conducting a secondary competition identifying …

Massachusetts Judge Rules That Updating LinkedIn Does Not Constitute Solicitation

Posted in Non-Compete Enforceability, Restrictive Covenants, Social Media

Judge Thomas P. Billings, of the Massachusetts Superior Court’s Business Litigation Session, recently declined to issue a preliminary injunction in a non-compete case brought by KNF&T Staffing, Inc. against its former employee, Charlotte Muller, who had left to join a competitor. Among other things, KNF&T alleged that Muller had updated her profile on LinkedIn to reflect her new position, “resulting …

The Romance of Trade Secrets: Competing Speed Dating Companies Engaged in Trade Secret Misappropriation Battle

Posted in Social Media, Trade Secrets

Dating comes with its own set of challenges, and apparently, these now include trade secrets!  This month, a speed dating service provider, Speed Date USA Inc. (“Speed Date”) filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Match.com (“Match”) in Pennsylvania federal court.

According to the Complaint, the parties had an agreement under which Speed Date would operate and manage speed dating …

When does LinkedIn Activity Violate Non-Solicitation Agreements?

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

LinkedIn is the biggest professional networking site in the world.  It has more than 225 million users in more than 200 countries and territories.  Approximately 75 million users are in the United States.  Many of those users have signed non-solicitation agreements with their employers prohibiting them from soliciting the employers’ customers and workers.  Unfortunately, many of those non-solicitation agreements are …

Computer Fraud And Abuse Act Violated By Bundling Facebook And Other Social Networking Accounts Without Authorization

Posted in Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Practice & Procedure, Privacy, Social Media

A California federal court recently issued a substantial monetary award in favor of Facebook and permanent injunction against a website that enabled its users to aggregate their data in social networking sites and messaging services.

Summary of the case.  Power Ventures, Inc. (PVI) operates a website called power.com which integrates multiple social networking accounts.  In late 2008, PVI began permitting …

Fourth Circuit Holds That Facebook “Like” Is Protected by the First Amendment

Posted in Practice & Procedure, Social Media

Remember that Facebook photo of a friend’s vacation that you “liked” a couple of days ago?  Well, congratulations, you’ve just exercised your constitutional right to free speech!  This week, in an intensely followed case in the Fourth Circuit, the court held that “liking” something on Facebook is “a form of speech protected by the First Amendment.”

In Bland v. Roberts

District Court of New Jersey Continues Growing National Trend Permitting Employers to View “Publicly” Available Social Media Posts

Posted in Practice & Procedure, Privacy, Social Media

Following a growing recent national trend, Judge Martini of the District Court of New Jersey issued summary judgment to Defendants Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corporation (“MONOC”) and two of its senior management employees on August 20, 2013, in a claim brought by a former nurse and EMT, Deborah Ehling, who accused MONOC of retaliation and other claims. 

Ehling’s claims, in part, …

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 …

Nevada District Court Finds No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in Private Twitter Posts

Posted in Privacy, Social Media

In dismissing a claim for violation of Fourth Amendment rights, the United States District Court for the District of Nevada in Rosario v. Clark County School District, No. 2:13-CV-362, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93963 (Nev. Jul. 3, 2013) recently became the latest court to hold there is no reasonable expectation of privacy in Twitter tweets.

This case arises out …

Best Practices and Latest Developments in Trade Secret Law

Posted in Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Cybersecurity, Data Theft, Non-Compete Enforceability, Social Media, Trade Secrets

I recently presented on “Hot Topics In Trade Secret Law Across the Nation” at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California.

Here are seven key takeaways regarding best practices and latest developments from the event that you may find useful:

Understanding the Importance of Trade Secret Preemption

Simply put, trade secret preemption or supersession is the concept that the …

We Need Your Votes! – Trading Secrets in the Running for Top 100 Legal Blogs

Posted in Social Media, Trade Secrets

The American Bar Association is holding its annual competition for the 100 best legal blogs and Seyfarth’s Trading Secrets blog is once again in the running.

Whether you are an avid reader of our timely legal and news updates, look forward to our popular “top 10 year in review” post, enjoy our complimentary webinars, or simply utilize our legal resources …

Nevada and Colorado Pass Employee Social Networking Privacy Laws

Posted in Privacy, Social Media

Nevada and Colorado recently passed employee social networking privacy laws. Both laws prohibit employers from requiring disclosure of employees’ or applicants’ personal social-networking account login information, and from retaliating against them for refusing to provide that information.  But one or both of these statutes are somewhat different from other states’ social networking laws in that:

The Colorado law …does not

Video Interview: Discussing Social Media Password Laws with LXBN TV

Posted in Legislation, Practice & Procedure, Privacy, Social Media

Following up on my recent posts on lawmakers working to implement social media password laws in Oregon, Washington and Vermont, I had the opportunity to speak with Colin O’Keefe of LXBN. In the brief interview, I explain that the laws are very similar to what we’ve seen elsewhere in the country and, like those, that there are loopholes employers …