Fres-co Systems V. Hawkins: Did the Third Circuit Just Create More Confusion Around the DTSA’s Ban On the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine?

By | The Trade Secret Litigator | June 27, 2017
A recent opinion from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has stirred up a hornets’ nest of commentary because it appears to recognize the viability of the inevitable disclosure doctrine under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA).  View Full Post
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Judge Orders Magic Leap to Be More Precise in Describing the Trade Secrets Former Executive Allegedly Stole

A recent decision from the Northern District of California, Magic Leap, Inc. v. Bradski et. al., shows that employers must meet a high standard when filing a California Code of Civil Procedure Section 2019.210 disclosure statement under the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“CUTSA”). View Full Post
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The Latest East Coast/West Coast Conflict: Massachusetts Courts Consider the Application of California Law in Non-Compete Litigation

MassachusettsHearkening back to the rivalry between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s, Massachusetts courts (as well as others around the country) have increasingly been asked to analyze the application of California law in litigation related to non-competition agreements. View Full Post
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News Media Companies Entering the Non-Compete Game

While agreements that restrict employees from leaving a job and working for a competitor (commonly known as “non-compete” agreements) are standard in many industries, they are relatively scarce in the media and journalism sectors. Outside of television companies restricting star talent, and media companies restricting executives, it has rarely been common practice for journalists to be subject to non-compete restrictions.  View Full Post
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Trade Secret Survey of in-House Counsel

By | Trading Secrets | June 20, 2017
Friends of our blog are conducting a survey of lawyers who work in-house at companies and who have some experience with trade secret law. If that’s you, please click on this link and complete the questions: Click Here To Take Trade Secret Survey The survey, hosted by the survey company Qualtrics, is completely anonymous. View Full Post
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Secrets to Protecting Trade Secrets Abroad

Consider the following scenario that was the premise of the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964), and later adapted into the classic film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971): your company (Willy Wonka Chocolates) is in the candy business and develops an idea for an everlasting gobstopper (a sucking candy that never gets smaller).   View Full Post
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Monthly Wrap Up (June 16, 2017): Noteworthy Trade Secret, Non-Compete and Cybersecurity Posts from the Web

By | The Trade Secret Litigator | June 16, 2017
Given the increasing number and quality of fine posts about trade secret, non-compete and cybersecurity issues, I am resurrecting my regular updates post  (although it will be monthly rather than weekly).  Without further adieu, here are the noteworthy posts of the past month: Defend Trade Secrets Act: With the recent passage of the 1-year anniversary of the DTSA, there have been a number of interesting posts that have detailed compilations about the cases filed with DTSA claims over the past year.    View Full Post
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Emerging Issues in the Defend Trade Secrets Act’s Second Year

One year after its enactment, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) continues to be one of the most significant and closely followed developments in trade secret law. The statute provides for a federal civil cause of action for trade secret theft, protections for whistleblowers, and new remedies (e.g., ex parte seizure of property), that were not previously available under state trade secret laws. View Full Post
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