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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

Minnesota Federal Court Dismisses Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Claim Based on Departing Employee’s Downloading of Customer List

Posted in Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Data Theft

By Erik von Zeipel

On June 3, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota granted in part and denied in part a motion for summary judgment filed by defendant former employees in a dispute arising out of the sale of a business to the plaintiff former employer, and the seller’s subsequent starting of a competing business which …

California Style Non-Compete Legislation Introduced In Minnesota

Posted in Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability

New proposed legislation introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives would invalidate effectively all employee non-compete agreements if passed. 

On February 11, 2013, Democratic-Farmer-Labor party members Joe Atkins and Alice Hausman introduced H.F. No. 506.  The bill was read and referred to the Committee on Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries, a committee chaired by Rep. Sheldon Johnson (DFL-St. Paul).  The …

Speculative Fears Insufficient for Non-Compete Temporary Restraining Order Against Former Employee

Posted in Non-Compete Enforceability, Restrictive Covenants

While treats are in abundance on Halloween, a Minnesota employer recently received a trick when a federal court denied its temporary restraining order application. A Minnesota federal court held that an ex-employer’s apprehension that a former employee violated or would violate a non-compete and confidentiality agreement was entirely speculative and, thus, did not warrant a TRO.  Sempris, LLC v. Watson,

Minnesota District Court Dismisses Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Claim Brought Against Former Employee Based Upon Narrow Interpretation Of Act

Posted in Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

By Robert Milligan, Joshua Salinas, and Jeffrey Oh

In another decision that underscores the circuit split regarding the interpretation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act’s (CFAA) language on authorized access, the Honorable Judge David Doty of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota has dismissedan employer’s claim that its former employees violated the …

Oregon Federal Court Permits Declaratory Relief Suit To Proceed In Race To Judgment Non-Compete Dispute

Posted in Non-Compete Enforceability

By Robert Milligan and Joshua Salinas

In light of Valentine’s Day, a blog involving two competitors specializing in heart rhythm therapy seems fitting. The Oregon district court case is Biotronik, Inc. v. Medtronic, USA, Inc., No. 03:11-cv-00366-HU, 2012 WL 14031 (D. Or. Jan. 4, 2012), where the Honorable Judge Michael H. Simon, found the amount in controversy for federal diversity …

Controlling The Forum: Nebraska Federal Court Transfers Non-Compete Declaratory Relief Action To Minnesota Federal Court

Posted in Non-Compete Enforceability

Lane, a 16-year employee of food distributor Nash Finch Co. in Nebraska, was terminated in June 2011. He promptly filed a declaratory judgment suit in a Nebraska state court against his former employer, challenging the enforceability of non-competition clauses in a series of incentive compensation plans in which he was a participant. His challenge included, but was not limited to, the Minnesota …