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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

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 …

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 …

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 …

Court Issues Decision in Eagle v. Morgan: Employee Owns LinkedIn Account But Fails To Recover Any Damages Against Former Employer

Posted in Social Media, Trade Secrets

By Jessica Mendelson and Robert Milligan

The ownership of social media accounts in the employment context remains a very hot topic. We’ve previously blogged about the the case of Eagle v. Morgan, Case No. 11-4303, E.D.Pa.. The case went to trial in November 2012, and the court has recently issued its trial order, finding that even though the plaintiff …

Upcoming Webinar: Employee Privacy and Social Networking – Can Your Trade Secrets Survive?

Posted in Social Media, Trade Secrets

In Seyfarth’s third installment of its 2013 Trade Secrets Webinar series, on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. Central Standard Time, Seyfarth attorneys Gary Glaser, Scott Schaefers, and Jessica Mendelson will address the relationship between trade secrets and social media. The Seyfarth panel will specifically address the following topics:…

What’s are “Trade Secrets” and Best Practices to Protect Against

2012 Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud, and Non-Competes Webinar Series – Year in Review

Posted in Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Computer Fraud, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Data Theft, Espionage, Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability, Practice & Procedure, Restrictive Covenants, Trade Secrets, Unfair Competition

Throughout 2012, 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 eight webinars:

1) Employee Privacy, Social Networking at Work, and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Standoff;
2) Employee Theft …

Pennsylvania Federal Court Dismisses Employee’s Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Claim Based Upon Employer’s Alleged Improprer Access of LinkedIn Account: No Cognizable Damages

Posted in Computer Fraud, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Practice & Procedure, Trade Secrets

By Jessica Mendelson and Robert Milligan

Ownership of company social media accounts has recently become a hot topic in the legal industry, and with its decision in Eagle v. Morgan, 2012 WL 4739436, E.D.Pa., October 04, 2012 (NO. CIV.A. 11-4303) this past week, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has added fuel to the fire.

Edcomm, a banking education company, was …

What Employers Need to Know About California’s New Social Media Law

Posted in Data Theft, Legislation, Practice & Procedure, Trade Secrets

By Robert Milligan, Jessica Mendelson, and Joshua Salinas

On September 27, 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills, AB 1844 and SB 1349, into law, making California the third state in the country – Maryland and Illinois are the others – to regulate employers’ ability to demand access to employees’ or prospective hires’ personal social media accounts. Appropriately enough, …

Proposed Social Media Legislation On California Governor’s Desk

Posted in Legislation, Practice & Procedure, Trade Secrets

By Jessica Mendelson and Grace Chuchla

On September 12, 2012, California Assembly Bill 1844 was enrolled and presented to Governor Brown. This bill is the counterpart to the Social Media Privacy Act (SB 1349), which was approved by the California State Senate in August 2012. AB 1844 is the work of Assemblywoman Nora Campos (D-San Jose), and seeks to prohibit …

Facebook Fans For Piggy Paint Not A Business Expectancy, Michigan Federal Court Dismisses Tortious Interference Claims for Facebook Page Takedown

Posted in Trade Secrets, Unfair Competition

On August 9, 2012, a district court for the Western District of Michigan dismissed counterclaims of tortious interference with a business expectancy and conversion brought after the removal of a company’s Facebook page and the alleged loss of its more than 19,000 “fans.” (Lown Companies LLC v. Piggy Paint LLC, No. 11-cv–911 (W.D. Mich., Aug. 9, 2012)) . …

Illinois Becomes Second State In Nation To Bar Employers From Obtaining Access To Employee Social Networking Pages

Posted in Computer Fraud, Legislation, Practice & Procedure, Trade Secrets

By Ronald Kramer

On August 1, 2012, Illinois became the second state in the nation to adopt a law prohibiting employers from seeking employee or prospective employee passwords to access their non-public portions of their social networking sites.

The Illinois’ law, an amendment to the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act that will become effective January 1, 2013, makes …

Hey Lumbergh, You Don’t Own My Facebook Account: Maryland Passes Legislation To Protect Employee’s Social Media Accounts

Posted in Practice & Procedure, Trade Secrets

Recently the legality of requiring prospective hires to hand over social networking usernames and passwords received national attention when New York Sen. Charles Schumer and Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether the practice violates federal laws. Although federal legislation has yet to be passed, state legislatures have begun to address the issue.

This …

Access To Social Media Accounts In The Hiring Process And Employer Ownership Of Trade Secrets Or Confidential Information Contained In Social Media Accounts: Legislation On Horizon?

Posted in Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Trade Secrets

On Monday March 26, 2012, Senators Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut) and Chuck Schumer (New York), called for federal agencies to determine whether requiring prospective hires to hand over social networking usernames and passwords violates federal law. Blumenthal and Schumer called on the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) to investigate whether such practices violate federal anti-discrimination laws and the United …

Protecting Trade Secrets and Confidential Information In The Social Media Generation

Posted in Trade Secrets

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 …

Employers May Have Sweat Equity In Their Executives LinkedIn Accounts, But Employees Score Win In War Over The Applicability Of The Federal Computer Fraud And Abuse Act In The Workplace

Posted in Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Trade Secrets

By Scott Schaefers

In the age of social media and networking, where employees undoubtedly use their company-issued computers to network with customers, vendors, colleagues, and friends, a legal question presents itself: can employers claim an interest in their employees’ LinkedIn accounts, or other social networking accounts, which the employees use in part to grow and maintain their relationships for the …