In an article published today by the Daily Journal, “Economy Leads Companies to Sue Ex-Workers,” (linked with permission) author Laura Ernde talks with a number of California practitioners about what they see happening with trade secrets litigation in the wake of the California Supreme Court’s ruling in Edwards v. Arthur Anderson  and the economy.  

Although Ernde indicates that the anecdotal evidence is that interest in trade secrets is on an “upswing,” according to Seyfarth Shaw’s own Carolyn Sieve and Robert Milligan, research regarding filings in Los Angeles indicates that the actual number of lawsuits mentioning “trade secrets” has decreased over the last two years. 

Ernde’s article also touches on the “inevitable disclosure” doctrine, noting that under FLIR v. Parrish, 2009 DJDAR 8598, the doctrine is no longer applicable in California.