Strengtening trade secret protectionsA company’s Federal Trade Secret Claim and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claim were recently dismissed by a Michigan federal district judge. The dismissal was avoidable. But it also offers several key lessons for employers and employees when it comes to protecting and using confidential information.

The Trade Secret and Computer Fraud Litigation

The case,

Autonomous vehicle trade secretsOn Feb. 23, 2017, Waymo, the Alphabet Inc. company formed from Google’s self-driving project, sued Uber Technologies, Inc. and its related entities, Ottomotto LLC, and Otto Trucking LLC. The suit is for violations under the federal Defense of Trade Secrets Act and other related claims. 

Waymo alleges its former engineer, Anthony Levandowski, took valuable intellectual

Trade Secret Misappropriation DecisionsA lawsuit involving trade secret misappropriation recently brought to mind the definition of a “knee-jerk reaction;” an “automatic and unthinking” response.

Specifically, our law firm filed a lawsuit for breach of contract involving unpaid commissions and other claims on behalf of a former executive. In response, the former employer manufactured filed a counter-claim for trade

Trade Secret ProtectionIn coming post, we will be covering in detail sweeping changes to trade secret law resulting from the recent enactment of the Defend Trade Secrets Act. This statute was signed into law on May 12, 2016, by President Obama with overwhelming bipartisan support (410 to 2 in the U.S. House of Representatives and by a

Trade secretsAliphcom, Inc. d/b/a Jawbone won an early legal battle in a lawsuit filed against five of its former employees and its rival Fitbit, Inc.

Specifically, in a preliminary injunction hearing held on 10/20/2015, the individual defendant were ordered by a federal judge to return any confidential information they took and to allow their computers and

ToolboxWhen it comes to post employment restrictions, non-compete agreements often get all the attention. In fact, such restrictions are a frequent subject of discussion on our law firm’s blog (Noncompete Restrictions: The First Line of Defense for Protecting the Company from Unfair Competition).

However, as explained below, a carefully drafted non-solicitation provision should

shutterstock_84499888Business involves competition. But not all competition is lawful. Two former employees found this out the hard way after a judge determined on May 22, 2015 that they had wrongfully started a competing business while they continued to work for their employer along with misappropriating trade secrets and engaging in other wrongful acts (Nedschroef