Seyfarth Attorneys Published in Bloomberg’s White Collar Crime Report

By | Trading Secrets | March 23, 2017
shutterstock_465124364Seyfarth continues to be at the forefront of issues involving the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”). On March 17, 2017, two Seyfarth attorneys, Andrew Boutros and Alex Meier, published the first-ever in-depth analysis of the intersection between the DTSA and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”) in Bloomberg’s White Collar Crime Report. View Full Post
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Which States Are Likely to Enact Laws Restricting Non-Compete Agreements in 2017?

shapiroIn 2016, several states enacted laws that were designed, in varying degrees, to limit non-competes, including Illinois, Utah, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Which states are most likely to do the same in 2017? Idaho:  A bill proposed in January, House Bill 61, would amend an existing Idaho law that has made it easier for employers to enforce non-competes against the highest paid 5% of their employees and independent contractors.  View Full Post
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Texas Court Holds Mere Possession and Opportunity to Use Trade Secrets is Sufficient for Misappropriation

shutterstock_481529074The San Antonio Court of Appeals recently held that an applicant for a temporary injunction in a trade-secret-misappropriation case under the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act is not required to show the defendant is actually using trade-secret information. Instead, the applicant need only show that the defendant possesses trade secrets and is in a position to use them. View Full Post
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Upcoming Webinar! Protecting Confidential Information and Client Relationships in the Financial Services Industry

By | Trading Secrets | March 20, 2017
webinarOn Thursday, April 27, at 12:00 p.m. Central, Seyfarth attorneys will present Protecting Confidential Information and Client Relationships in the Financial Services Industry. In Seyfarth’s second installment in its series of 2017 Trade Secret Webinars, Seyfarth attorneys Scott Humphrey, Robyn Marsh, and Dawn Mertineit will focus on trade secret and client relationship considerations in the banking and financial services industry, with a particular focus on a firm’s relationship with its FINRA members. View Full Post
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Seyfarth Litigation Partners to Present On Trade Secrets Law at Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Roundtable

By | Trading Secrets | March 3, 2017
shutterstock_394770433On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, as part of Seyfarth Shaw’s Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Roundtable at Seyfarth’s Boston office, Litigation Department Chair Katherine Perrelli and Partner Erik Weibust will be presenting with Carmine Nigro, the FBI’s Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership Coordinator in Boston, on civil vs. View Full Post
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Waymo V. Otto: Self-Driving and Self-Dealing

Last week, Waymo LLC (a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, Inc.) filed suit in the Northern District of California against Uber Technologies, Inc. and Otto Trucking LLC for misappropriation of trade secrets, patent infringement, and unfair business practices. The case is sure to become one of the first high-profile cases alleging claims under the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) (another being the claims brought against Google and Alphabet by Space Data in June 2016, which this blog covered here). View Full Post
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In Georgia, the Blue-Pencil Only Strikes Overly Broad Non-Competes and Does Not Rewrite Them

By | Trading Secrets | February 27, 2017
shutterstock_547628332In Spring 2011, the Georgia legislature passed a new restrictive covenant statute, which, for the first time, allowed Georgia courts in reviewing non-competition agreements between employer and employee to blue-pencil or “modify a covenant that is otherwise void and unenforceable so long as the modification does not render the covenant more restrictive with regard to the employee than as originally drafted by the parties.” O.C.G.A. View Full Post
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Lack of Actual Knowledge of the Existence of a Non-Compete Defeats Tortious Interference Claim

Matthew Savage Aibel In Acclaim Systems, Inc. v. Infosys, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently rejected a claim for tortious interference with a non-compete, because the plaintiff introduced no evidence of actual knowledge that the individuals in question were covered by non-competes. View Full Post
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