A Texas Court of Appeals held on August 22, 2016, that a former employer was entitled to $2.8 million in attorney’s fees against a former employee who used the employer’s information to compete against it. The Court reached this ruling despite the fact that the jury found no evidence that the employer sustained any damages or that the employee misappropriated … Continue Reading
Cross Posted from California Peculiarities.
Seyfarth Synopsis: Protecting trade secrets from employee theft requires more than using an NDA when onboarding employees. If businesses want to protect confidential information, they need a cradle-to-grave approach, reiterating employee obligations regularly, including during exit interviews. (Yes, you need to do exit interviews!)
Headline stories in intellectual property theft tend to involve foreign … Continue Reading
A consultant of a company entered into a consulting agreement with a competitor. The scope of his consultancy of the first company involved dairy-permeate processing systems and the second involved lactose-processing systems. The Court of Appeals of Minnesota found that these businesses were sufficiently distinct such that disclosure of information regarding one business would not violate the non-compete agreement prohibiting … Continue Reading
With the increasing number of disputes and client queries regarding confidential information in the United Kingdom, the recent case of Personnel Hygiene Services Ltd & ors v. Rentokil Initial UK Ltd , EWCA Civ 29, 29 January 2014, serves as a useful reminder of the extensive protection of confidential information.
The Court of Appeal, … Continue Reading
Hypothetical, based upon a real fact pattern: Employee believes she has witnessed improper activities at her employer and begins preparing a qui tam whistleblower complaint alleging False Claims Act violations to file under seal. During the course of preparing the complaint, employee removes highly confidential electronic and original documents from her workplace, copying entire folders of sensitive … Continue Reading
To accommodate our global audience, Seyfarth’s eighth installment in its 2013 Trade Secrets Webinar Series will be available as an on-demand broadcast this month! On Tuesday, August 27, 2013, Seyfarth attorneys Dominic Hodson, Wan Li, and Robert Milligan will discuss non-compete and trade secret issues in China, including best practices to protect trade secrets and confidential information in the country. … Continue Reading
In Part I of this post, we focused on the UK Supreme Court’s recent decision in Vestergaard Frandsen and others v. Bestnet Europe Ltd. and others,  UKSC 31.
Although not binding authorities throughout the UK, two other recent decisions from lower courts in England and Wales are also … Continue Reading
As many employers have experienced, guarding against misuse of confidential and proprietary information by former employees can be a challenge in an increasingly digitalized and globalized marketplace. For companies with operations in the United Kingdom, recent court decisions provide some helpful guidance on protecting confidential and proprietary information in the … Continue Reading
By Robert B. Milligan, Jessica Mendelson, and Daniel Joshua Salinas
Company information that is sensitive, but may not rise to the level of a trade secret is protectable in California, isn’t it?
Not necessarily. Some recent California decisions have significantly limited an employer’s ability to pursue certain claims and remedies based upon the theft of mere confidential or proprietary information … Continue Reading
Illinois and Federal laws have evolved significantly in recent years and as a result employers now have many tools available to protect themselves. Understanding these tools, as well as the impact of legal changes in this area, is necessary if a company intends on protecting its most valuable assets (i.e. trade secrets, IP and employees).
Please join us for an … Continue Reading
As anticipated, the issue regarding the application of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) against employees who violate their employer’s computer use policies and steal valuable company data may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Last week, WEC Carolina Energy Solutions LLC (“WEC”) filed a petition for writ of certiorari before the … Continue Reading
By Robert Milligan and Jeffrey Oh
Over the past decade, no avenue has had a bigger impact on society and the ways in which people interact than social media. Websites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, which traffic in information shared on its servers, encourage users to publish every detail of their lives. For employers, the reality of social media’s pervasiveness (and benefits) presents … Continue Reading
A recent Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, extremely favorable to a plaintiff alleging trade secret misappropriation, holds that protection may be accorded to a compilation of information if reasonable efforts were made to keep the compilation secret, where the compilation adds value to the information, regardless of the amount of the information that already was … Continue Reading
By Robert Milligan and Joshua Salinas
Police officers are free to review private and confidential information stored on your cell phone if the search is incident to an arrest in California. The Supreme Court of California recently upheld the warrantless search of a cell phone text message folder in People v. Diaz, 51 Cal. 4th 84 (2011).The decision places … Continue Reading
By Robert Milligan and summer associate Alana Friedman
Production companies for Criss Angel, the star of Cirque de Soleil’s “Believe” and the A&E cable television show Mindfreak, were sued in New York state court recently by a twenty-three year old illusionist who claims that Angel’s companies have failed to pay him for the use of three alleged confidential and proprietary … Continue Reading