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Virginia Federal Court Dismisses Trade Secrets Misappropriation Claim Based on Power Brokering and Tax Expertise

Posted in Restrictive Covenants, Trade Secrets

On May 30, 2013, a federal judge in Virginia dismissed a tax consultant’s trade secrets misappropriation claim against its telecomm customers, ruling that the consultant’s alleged relationships with tax authorities, tax-law ‘accounting system,’ and its ability to negotiate property tax discounts do not constitute statutory trade secrets.  Cablecom Tax Services, Inc. v. Shenandoah Telecomms. Co. et al., No. 5:12-cv-69-MFU-JGW (W.D. Continue Reading

Muskat v. United States: Considering Tax Ramifications for Non-Competition Income.

Posted in Restrictive Covenants

The First Circuit recently rejected a taxpayer’s claim for a refund based on recharacterization of a payment for a noncompetition agreement. Muskat v. United States, 2009 WL 211067 (1st Cir. 2009).

Irwin Muskat was the CEO and largest shareholder of his company, Jac Pac Foods. He entered into an agreement with Corporate Brand Foods America to sell the company with … Continue Reading