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When Stealing in Baseball Can Land You in Jail: Computer Fraud Sentencing Announced in MLB Case

Posted in Computer Fraud, Data Theft, Espionage

Although stealing bases, and even signs, in baseball may be part of the game, stealing another team’s trade secrets can land you in federal prison, as one executive recently learned the hard way.

As we previously reported, the FBI has been investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for hacking into the Houston Astros’ internal computer network and stealing proprietary information, … Continue Reading

Corporate Espionage: Not Your Typical Sports-“Gate”

Posted in Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Cybersecurity, Data Theft, Espionage, Trade Secrets

Generally when one refers to “competitors” in the context of protecting trade secrets, it is in regard to business competitors, not competing sports teams.  And usually when the talking heads on sports radio and television are discussing legal issues, they relate to domestic violence or other crimes, concussions, illicit and performance enhancing drugs, or labor disputes (sometimes even … Continue Reading

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), … Continue Reading