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Accenture employee faked medical leave to work for a competitor while stealing data from Accenture computers

  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 29 2010

The recent case of Accenture, LLP v. Sidhu, 2010 WL 4691944 (N.D. Ca. Nov. 9, 2010) is a classic example of how the 9th Circuit’s holding in LVRC Holdings, LLC v. Brekka, 581 F.3d 1127, 1130-31 (9th Cir. 2009) has led to the dismissal of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) claims (or criminal counts) in circumstances in which an employee is clearly not authorized to access the company computers

Electronic data security after Riley v. California

  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • August 12 2014

It's 10 p.m. Do you know where your company's data is? One of your administrative employees' cell phone may be sitting on his nightstand. Another

Recognizing risks arising from invasion of privacy claims in the workplace

  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 13 2013

One of the most significant liabilities that a company in California faces relates to claims that it has invaded an individual's privacy rights

Suing employees for computer fraud gets easier

  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 7 2011

Four recent decisions handed down by four different federal courts of appeals during the past year have, in combination, greatly enhanced the ability of businesses to use the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) as a tool to protect competitively sensitive data and personal information stored in company computers

A weapon against hackers on the home front

  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 14 2014

Over the past year the national press has repeatedly reported on the vulnerability of our intellectual property to nation-state hackers like

California court grants summary judgment to CISCO systems on computer fraud and abuse claim, holding that Brekka does not apply to ex-employees

  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 28 2010

Last week a federal district court in California granted Cisco Systems, Inc. summary judgment on its Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) claim against an ex-employee who “on multiple occasions and without authorization, . . . used a Cisco employee’s password to gain access to Cisco’s computer systems and download Cisco’s proprietary and copyrighted software.”

Reviewing employees' email

  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 3 2010

I'm confused: I thought we could review our employee's email communications when sent out on our company's equipment

United States Chess Federation embroiled in computer fraud prosecution

  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • August 26 2010

Last week the federal district court in Northern California downgraded felony Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) counts to misdemeanors against Gregory Alexander who is charged with accessing “on thirty-four separate occasions . . . without authorization, the Yahoo! email account of Randall Hough, one of the board members of the United States Chess Federation (“USCF”).”

Another district court dismisses a CFAA claim for failure to allege jurisdictional loss

  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 11 2010

Failure to allege proper "loss" under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act ("CFAA") continues to bedevil plaintiffs filing CFAA civil actions

How to prove “loss” for Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 11 2010

To bring a civil action based on the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act ("CFAA") a plaintiff must show that the alleged violation "caused . . . loss . . . aggregating at least $5,000 in value.”