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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

Connecticut Governor Vetoes Noncompete Statute Passed By Legislature

Posted in Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability

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

Connecticut Legislature Passes Non-Compete Legislation

Posted in Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability, Restrictive Covenants

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

Non-Compete Legislation Proposed in Connecticut

Posted in Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability

Connecticut has recently proposed non-compete legislation which could dramatically impact restrictions on employee mobility. 

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

Connecticut Court Has Jurisdiction Over Canadian Defendant Charged With Misappropriation of Canadian Company’s Trade Secret Emails

Posted in Trade Secrets

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

Connecticut Federal Court Finds That Non-Competition Covenant Which Is Silent Regarding Assignability May Be Enforceable Depending Upon the Parties’ Intent Under New York Law

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

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

April Fools’ Day Prank Leads To Trade Secrets Litigation

Posted in Trade Secrets

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

UConn is Dancin’ for a Third Reason: Its Donor List is a Trade Secret and Exempt from Freedom of Information Act

Posted in Practice & Procedure, Trade Secrets

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