When we last wrote about IBM’s efforts to enjoin David Johnson, its former Vice President of Corporate Development, from joining Dell, Judge Stephen Robinson of the Southern District of New York had denied IBM’s second motion for preliminary injunction and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals was preparing to hold oral argument on the matter. The Court of Appeals

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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
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By Kate Perrelli and Erik Weibust

On October 7, 2009, the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development held a hearing on a non-compete bill, House No. 1799, sponsored by Representatives Will Brownsberger and Lori Ehrlich. Representatives Brownsberger and Ehrlich had each previously sponsored their own independent bills – Brownsberger’s based on California’s statute that bans non-compete agreements altogether,

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Katherine (Kate) Perrelli (a Seyfarth Shaw partner in Boston) recently published an op-ed, “Is Banning Non-Competes the Answer for Massachusetts?” in the September 21, 2009 issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. In her article, Kate discusses two bills addressing non-competition agreements that are currently pending in the Massachusetts legislature; one bill would enforce reasonably tailored non-competes, while the other would

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The California Court of Appeal’s recent decision in FLIR Systems, Inc. v. Parrish, 2d Civil No. B209964, 2009 WL 1653103 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. June 15, 2009), affirming a $1.6 million attorney fee award to defendants upon a finding that the action was brought in bad faith, provides a useful and interesting discussion of various factors that may lead

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