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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

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

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.”

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.”

California court permits company to subpoena Yahoo, Google and ISPs to identify anonymous computer hacker

  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 6 2010

A federal court in San Jose California last week permitted SolarBridge Technologies, Inc. (“SolarBridge”) to serve subpoenas on Yahoo, Google and various Internet Service Providers to identify the sender of an email containing SolarBridge’s confidential and trade secret protected data including schematics and other product designs of current and future products

Legal headhunter sued for stealing confidential data about the portability of partners’ law practices

  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 15 2010

The legal recruiting business is not immune from Computer Fraud and Abuse Act lawsuits

Can you rely on your corporate computer policies to sue ex-employees who steal company data?

  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • December 21 2010

Two recent district court opinions add to the caselaw providing judicial guidance on how employers might update their corporate computer policies to be able to sue ex-employees for stealing company data based on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act ("CFAA"), the federal computer crime statute

Disgruntled employee lacked criminal intent to be sued for a civil violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

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

While the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act ("CFAA") permits seven causes of action to be brought by individuals or companies who have been victims of violations of the statute, practitioners lose sight of the fact that the CFAA is at its core a criminal statute

Facebook’s lawsuit protects its users against a massive spamming scheme

  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 31 2011

On January 26, 2011, the federal district court in the Northern District of California granted Facebook a default judgment against Philip Porembski and PP Web Services LLC for obtaining “login credentials for at least 116,000 Facebook accounts without authorization” and for sending “more than 7.2 million spam messages to Facebook users.”