As the size, complexity, and interconnectedness of modern companies’ IT infrastructures has increased, so too has the risk of corporate espionage and cyber attacks targeting companies’ intellectual property.
Georgia Federal Court Disregards Forum Selection Clause in Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Covenant Dispute
Notwithstanding a forum-selection provision in the parties’ consulting agreement designating the Northern District of Georgia as the place for litigating non-competition and non-solicitation covenants disputes, a Georgia federal judge transferred covenant violation litigation to the Middle District of Florida.
The Romance of Trade Secrets: Competing Speed Dating Companies Engaged in Trade Secret Misappropriation Battle
Dating comes with its own set of challenges, and apparently, these now include trade secrets! This month, a speed dating service provider, Speed Date USA Inc. (“Speed Date”) filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Match.com (“Match”) in Pennsylvania federal court.
Currently, legal regimes governing protection of trade secrets and confidential information across the EU are fairly disparate. A study published by the European Commission in July(http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/iprenforcement/docs/20130711/final-study_en.pdf) has identified a ‘widespread appetite for a harmonized approach’ across the region.
Bankruptcy is intended to provide a fresh start and discharge outstanding debt. But some debt is not dischargeable in bankruptcy. A Virginia bankruptcy court held last week that a judgment against the debtor for intentional trade secret misappropriation is not dischargeable.
Federal Court Rules Trade Secret Misappropriation Sufficiently Alleged Based On Improper Acquisition, Even in Absence of Use or Disclosure
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia recently denied a motion to dismiss a counterclaim for violation of Virginia’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“VUTSA”), holding that the counterclaim sufficiently alleged trade secret misappropriation based on improper acquisition of a trade secret, even in the absence of allegations of use or disclosure.
Employees Who Download Trade Secrets As They Head Out the Door Can Be Guilty of TS Theft, Even Before They Make Use of the Info
When a high-level employee leaves the company, downloads sensitive company trade secrets on her way out, but hasn’t yet used or disclosed the info to a new employer, what options does the company have to keep the information confidential?
Lawsuits against employees and contractors, including consultants, for unauthorized use of a company’s confidential and proprietary information are common.
It’s time for yet another meal filled with trade secrets! Earlier this month, New York Pizzeria, Inc., a pizzeria chain with over thirty restaurants in the United States and the Middle East, filed a complaint in federal court in Texas alleging trade secret misappropriation.