iStock_000033294404_Large-234x300Seyfarth Synopsis: Limitation on an actor’s ability to work in certain films struck down as an unlawful restraint of trade. 

California, mecca of the film and media production industries in the U.S., is notorious for outlawing non-compete agreements. It is one of the few states that generally prohibits the unlawful restraint of one’s profession or business, with limited exceptions.
Continue Reading California Court Gives Two Thumbs Down and Voids Non-Compete in Actor’s Agreement

shutterstock_299407832There are indeed limits to the reach of the anti-SLAPP statute, particularly in the trade secret context.  In West Hills Research and Development, Inc. v. Terrence M. Wyles, a California appellate court ruled that engaging in activity to set up a competing business is not protected activity under the anti-SLAPP statute.

Summary of the Case

West Hills, a medical
Continue Reading Employer’s Action for Misappropriation of Trade Secrets Against Former In-House Counsel Who Engaged in Competitive Activities Not Subject to Anti-SLAPP Motion

By Robert Milligan, Joshua Salinas, and Jeffrey Oh

Balancing the rights of businesses to protect their economic interests with the rights of individuals to freely express themselves can be a complicated act requiring nuanced application of the law; even more so when the business is of a religious nature. In a fascinating case out of California, Judge Lucy H. Koh
Continue Reading Religious Organization’s Trade Secret Misappropriation Claim Against Anonymous Blogger Survives Anti-SLAPP Motion to Strike In California Federal Court

Under California Civil Procedure Code section 425.16, a defendant sued for exercising its constitutional rights may assert that the action is Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (“SLAPP”) and move to strike the complaint on that basis. Section 425.16, also known as the “anti-SLAPP statute,” when properly invoked, can be a powerful defense tool because it imposes an automatic stay on discovery

Continue Reading California Court of Appeal Slaps Down Use of Anti-SLAPP Motion In Trade Secrets Case