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Plaintiffs Retain Home Field Advantage in Email Hacking Action But Nebraska Federal Court Dismisses Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Claim

Posted in Computer Fraud, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Data Theft, Espionage

By Marcus Mintz

Corporate espionage in the sports industry? The owners of the Indoor Football League’s Omaha Beef recently asserted serious allegations against rival team, the Allen Wranglers, the League commissioner, and the Beef’s former coach, now coaching for the Wranglers.

In Gridiron Management Group LLC v. Allen Wranglers, No. 8:12-cv-3128, 2012 WL 5187839 (D. Neb. Oct. 18, 2012), …

Two Senior Executives Liable for Millions in Misappropriation and Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case

Posted in Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Trade Secrets, Unfair Competition

Associated Press (Anna Jo Bratton) is reporting that a state district court judge in Lancaster County, Nebraska tagged two Nebraska Municipal Power Pool executives with millions of dollars in damages arising out of their scheme to use American Public Energy Agency’s "company information, financial data and copyrighted material."  View Article. It appears that Nebraska Municipal Power Pool ("NMPP") previously provided services to American Public Energy Agency.  …

Recent Headlines Underscore Need for Protective Measures

Posted in Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Computer Fraud, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Practice & Procedure, Trade Secrets

A company’s trade secrets may be some of its most important assets.  Recent headlines underscore their importance, and vulnerability: …

Recently, an employee was arrested at the airport and over 1,000 company proprietary documents containing trade secrets were seized that the employee was attempting to transport with her to her new job.

 A national retailer recently was hit with a $21.5 million

Federal Court in California Imposes Maximum Sentence Under Plea Deal in First Ever Sentencing Under the Economic Espionage Act of 1996

Posted in Trade Secrets

United States v. Meng, No. CR 04-20216 JF (U.S.D.C. N.D. Calif.).

Judge Jeremy Fogel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose today imposed a 24-month prison sentence on Xiaodong Sheldon Meng, who pleaded guilty to possessing night vision software for pilots belonging to Quantum3D, his former employer, and using that information in a …

International Spy Charges Highlight Importance of Securing Confidential and Defense-Related Data

Posted in Trade Secrets

The critical importance of securing confidential information was brought home again yesterday when the intersection of trade secrets and spy games made the newspapers.

Four men, one a United States Department of Defense systems analyst and three Chinese natives, were arrested and charged with espionage in two separate cases. Aside from the political ramifications of ongoing Chinese espionage, which one …