We’ve written a lot this summer about the Massachusetts legislature’s latest failed attempt at non-compete reform. Two other states in New England, however, are able to claim accomplishments in that regard. Specifically, Connecticut and Rhode Island each enacted statutes this summer imposing significant restrictions on the use of non-compete provisions in any agreement that establishes employment or any other form … Continue Reading
As we have frequently reported in this blog, social media privacy issues increasingly permeate the workplace. For example, earlier this year, Montana and Virginia joined a growing number of states in enacting laws restricting employer access to the social media accounts of applicants and employees. With Governor Dannell Malloy’s approval of similar legislation in Connecticut on May 21, the Constitution … Continue Reading
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
We previously reported on H.B. 6658, which was introduced earlier this year in the Connecticut House of Representatives. On the last day of the legislative session, the Connecticut legislature enacted a substantially watered-down version of the bill as Public Act No. 13-309, the full text of which can be found here. In yet another twist, however, last Friday Governor … Continue Reading
We previously reported on H.B. 6658, which was introduced earlier this year in the Connecticut House of Representatives. The Connecticut Legislature passed the legislation on the last day of the legislative session. The final text of the Act, which was enacted as Public Act No. 13-309 and will go into effect on October 1, 2013 assuming the Act is signed … Continue Reading
The bill, known as “Employer Use of Noncompete Agreements,” is House Bill 6658. The bill recently passed in the Judiciary Committee, and is currently pending before Connecticut’s House of Representatives.
As it is written, the bill is intended to apply to all Connecticut employers. The … Continue Reading
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a Connecticut federal court’s order dismissing for lack of personal jurisdiction a Connecticut corporation’s complaint for misappropriation of trade secrets by a Canadian employee of the plaintiff’s Canadian subsidiary. The complaint alleged her knowledge that her employer’s emails were stored on its parent corporation’s servers in Waterbury, Connecticut. Therefore, the claim that … Continue Reading
A Connecticut federal court recently issued a significant decision concerning the rights of a buyer of a business to enforce non-competition agreements against employees who previously worked for the seller under New York law.
In 2003, Milso and each of its employees signed an employment agreement expressly governed by New York law. The agreement contained confidentiality, non-solicitation and non-competition covenants … Continue Reading
A recent federal decision from Connecticut confirms the notion that information knowingly posted on the Internet by its owner cannot constitute a protectable trade secret.
On April 1, 2011, April Fools’ Day, a human relations consulting firm SharedXpertise allegedly disseminated by email and on its website a false statement that it had acquired its competitor LRP Publications. Kutik, a consultant for LRP, was offended. He … Continue Reading
The University of Connecticut has a third well-publicized reason to celebrate, beyond its men’s and women’s basketball teams’ berths in the NCAA Tournament. The Connecticut Supreme Court recently held that the University’s databases of benefactors, season ticket holders, and others interested in University programs and departments were exempted from a FOIA request on the grounds that the databases were “trade secrets” … Continue Reading