On January 9th, the Maryland Senate introduced a bill which if passed would invalidate employee “noncompetition covenants” for former workers who applied for and obtained unemployment benefits. Senate Bill 51 is sponsored by Senator Ronald N. Young, Democrat, who just began his third year in the Maryland Senate. If enacted, the bill will take effect on October 1, 2013, and
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On March 29, 2012, the Seventh Circuit upheld summary judgment in favor of a defendant on plaintiff’s claims for trade secrets misappropriation and unjust enrichment, holding that plaintiff failed to take any measures, let alone reasonable measures, to protect its alleged trade secrets during joint marketing negotiations with defendant. Fail-Safe LLC v. A.O. Smith Corp., No. 11-1354 (7th Cir.

Continue Reading Seventh Circuit Rejects Pool Technology Company’s Trade Secrets Claim

The University of Connecticut has a third well-publicized reason to celebrate, beyond its men’s and women’s basketball teams’ berths in the NCAA Tournament. The Connecticut Supreme Court recently held that the University’s databases of benefactors, season ticket holders, and others interested in University programs and departments were exempted from a FOIA request on the grounds that the databases were “trade secrets&rdquo

Continue Reading UConn is Dancin’ for a Third Reason: Its Donor List is a Trade Secret and Exempt from Freedom of Information Act

           In a recent decision, a California Second District Appellate Court upheld a trial court “issue sanction,” which effectively enforced, albeit temporarily, a five-year, unlimited geographic scope employee noncompete agreement against the defendant former employee. NewLife Sciences v. Weinstock, — Cal.Rptr.3rd –, No. B223212, 2011 WL 2739653 (July 15, 2011). While such noncompete agreements are normally void and unenforceable under

Continue Reading California Appellate Court Rules that Five-Year Employee Noncompete Agreement of Unlimited Geographic Reach is Enforceable as a Sanction Against Reticent Defendant