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Mobile Game Rivals Clash In California Trade Secret and Unfair Competition Suit

Posted in Data Theft, Trade Secrets, Unfair Competition

The litigation between Kixeye and Zynga, two rivals in the mobile gaming market, has heated up over the past week.

Last month, we wrote about the alleged removal of dozens of files and emails by former Zynga app-maker, Alan Patmore. Last Thursday, apparently based upon information learned in discovery, Zynga upped the stakes, naming Kixeye in the First Amended ComplaintContinue Reading

Video Interview: Discussing Zynga’s Suit Against a Former Employee for Alleged Trade Secrets Theft

Posted in Trade Secrets

Seyfarth Shaw’s Jason Stiehl had the opportunity to speak with Colin O’Keefe of LXBN regarding an ongoing trade secrets suit filed by social games developer Zynga against a key former employee who joined an upstart competitor. In the brief interview,  Jason explains the background of the case and the possible impact of this case on other litigation. Jason previously bloggedContinue Reading

Zynga Sues Former Employee For Trade Secret Theft While Defending Its Acquisition Of Other Alleged Proprietary Information

Posted in Computer Fraud, Data Theft, Practice & Procedure, Restrictive Covenants, Trade Secrets

On October 12, 2012, Zynga, a major provider of social game services based in San Francisco, filed suit against its former general manager of its highly successful CityVille game, Alan Patmore. Zynga alleges that Patmore, after allegedly refusing to acknowledge his confidentiality obligations, wandered out of the offices of Zynga with 760 computer files, which he uploaded to his personal … Continue Reading

The Game Got Rough: Online Gaming Giant Zynga Gets Court to Enjoin Competitor

Posted in Trade Secrets

Zynga Game Network, Inc., which describes itself as “the number one social gaming company with 30 million daily active users,” obtained an ex parte temporary restraining order against its competitor Playdom, Inc. and two former Zynga employees. Z ynga both filed the case in the Superior Court of the State of California, Santa Clara County, and obtained the temporary restraining order … Continue Reading