By Carlos Lopez, Caroline Keller and Chris Lowe

The New Jersey General Assembly voted today on a new version of an employee social media privacy bill which incorporates revisions suggested by Governor Chris Christie when he conditionally vetoed the bill on May 6, 2013. The Assembly passed the revised version with an overwhelming vote of 74-0. The bill is
Continue Reading New Jersey Assembly Passes Revised Employee Social Media Privacy Bill

A New Jersey jury decided that two individual defendants violated their non-competition contractual commitments but that they owed no damages.  The trial court then denied the former employer’s motion to enjoin the individuals from continuing to compete.  A few days ago, the State’s Appellate Court held that there was a plausible explanation for these several results and affirmed.  Miles Technology,
Continue Reading New Jersey Appellate Court Affirms No Damages Award Against Individual Defendants In Non-Compete Case

By Jessica Mendelson and Robert Milligan

New Jersey state legislators recently proposed A3970, a bill designed to prevent New Jersey businesses from enforcing “non-compete agreements with staffers who can claim unemployment compensation.”

The bill, which is sponsored by Assembly members Joseph Egan and Peter Barnes, was recently referred to the state’s Assembly Labor Committee. If the bill passes, it
Continue Reading New Jersey Legislators Propose Banning Non-Compete Agreements With Employees Who Can Claim Unemployment

With the passage of A2878 in the New Jersey General Assembly in March, New Jersey is poised to become the eighth state to “pass legislation preventing employers from asking prospective and current employers for passwords to their accounts on social media sites.” The proposed law, which is now being considered by Governor Chris Christie, would become the most restrictive social
Continue Reading New Jersey Poised To Adopt New Social Media Legislation

Last year, Sergey Aleynikov, a computer programmer, beat federal charges of trade secret theft under the Economic Espionage Act. Although Aleynikov was initially convicted, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals overturned his conviction, finding that the trade secrets relating to the source code Aleynikov had taken were not related to a product “produced for. . . interstate or foreign
Continue Reading Aleynikov Case Continues to Grab Headlines in Trade Secrets Community

Please join us for our sixth trade secrets webinar of the year entitled Trade Secrets and Non-Compete Legislative Update.

The webinar will be September 20, 2012 from noon to 1:00 p.m. central.

The past year has seen significant statutory changes to several jurisdictions’ laws regarding trade secrets and restrictive covenants and pending legislation proposed in additional jurisdictions. As trade
Continue Reading Trade Secrets and Non-Compete Legislative Update Webinar On September 20, 2012

By Robert Milligan, David Monachino, and Jeffrey Oh

With Governor Chris Christie’s signature on January 9, 2012, New Jersey became the 47th state to adopt a form of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA). Previously governed by common law, trade secrets of persons or entities in New Jersey will now have statutory protection under the New Jersey Trade Secrets

Continue Reading New Jersey Adopts Variation of Uniform Trade Secrets Act

Legislation intended to help protect the trade secrets of New Jersey businesses has been signed into law by Gov. Christie. The New Jersey Trade Secrets Act (S-2456/A-921) establishes by law specific remedies available to businesses in the event that a trade secret – such as a formula, design, a prototype or invention – is misappropriated. New Jersey was one of

Continue Reading At Long Last, New Jersey Passes Trade Secrets Act

By David Monachino

New Jersey is one of the four remaining states that have not adopted some or all of the provisions of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (Massachusetts, New York and Texas are the others), but instead NJ courts have relied wide range of common law decisions in order to establish a trade secret misappropriation claim. On September 26,
Continue Reading At Long Last, New Jersey Is Poised To Pass The “New Jersey Trade Secrets Act”

A growing number of courts across the country have required  plaintiffs to specify with particularity the trade secret that they are accusing a defendant of stealing, and that plaintiffs’ refusal to do so could result in dismissal of the claim.  See, e.g.Dura Global, Tech, Inc. v. Magna Donnelly Corp., 2008 WL 2064516 (E.D.Mich. May 14, 2008)

Continue Reading Failure to Specifically Identify Trade Secrets in a Complaint Does Not Bar a Complaint in New Jersey Federal Court