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Customer lists by another name social media and trade secrets - part 1

  • Fisher & Phillips LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 4 2013

Employers are well aware of the various implications that the social media explosion has on the workplace. The various issues created by Facebook

Top 10 developmentsheadlines in trade secret, computer fraud, and non-compete law in 2012

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • December 31 2012

As part of our annual tradition, here is our list of the top 10 developmentsheadlines in trade secret, computer fraud, and non-compete law for 2012

Trade secret lawsuit filed against heavy metal band regarding “drum set loop coaster”

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 17 2012

On September 20, 2012, a trade secret misappropriation lawsuit was filed against rock star drummer Tommy Lee and his band Mötley Crüe in Los Angeles Superior Court

“Prior restraint” doctrine may preclude enjoining a newspaper from publishing misappropriated trade secrets

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 3 2012

A reporter for a business publication somehow obtained information contained in a privately held company’s confidential interim financial statements

Alleged breach of non-disclosure agreement related to 3D technology at issue in new California suit involving Hollywood heavyweights

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • August 26 2012

In a legal matchup involving some Hollywood heavyweights, Thomas Randolph filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court recently, alleging he was defrauded out of his stake in a prominent 3-D movie technology venture

Indiana appellate court finds that Indiana Uniform Trade Secrets Act preempts common law misappropriation and civil conversion claims in mixed martial arts broadcasting dispute

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • August 20 2012

The Court of Appeals of Indiana recently reversed and remanded a 2008 suit brought by the North American Boxing Council (NABC) against HDNet LLC (HDNet), in which the NABC alleged that HDNet stole its idea for a mixed martial arts (MMA) broadcast series after the parties had discussed a broadcast arrangement that never materialized into a formal contract

My friends are your friends? U.S. court rules that an employer’s myspace “friends” list can be a trade secret

  • Dentons
  • -
  • Canada, USA
  • -
  • June 22 2012

In a decision that may one day be cited by Canadian courts on the extent of an employer’s rights over its social media properties, the United States District Court for Colorado has ruled that an employer’s MySpace Profile and “Friends” list can qualify as trade secrets

Parties in high profile sports agent dispute in California involving trade secret and non-compete issues throw off the gloves

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 26 2012

The case of Mintz v. Mark Bartelstein & Associates dba Priority Sports & Entertainment, recently filed in the Central District of California, provides an interesting look at both non-compete and trade secret law, as seen through the world of a sports agent

California federal court finds that plaintiff's claims are not preempted by the California Uniform Trade Secrets act in Farmville spat

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 9 2012

On February 6, 2012, a federal court in Oakland, California denied the popular Facebook application “Farmville” operator’s (Zynga, Inc.) motion to dismiss several claims brought by the inventor of “myFarm” (SocialApps, LLC, or “SA”)) for alleged theft of the source code, game images, and “concepts and features” used in the myFarm app

Claim that ex-employee twittered away company trade secrets allowed to proceed

  • Littler Mendelson
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 8 2012

A case being litigated in the Northern District of California has the potential to set new and interesting precedent on how the laws of unfair competition will deal with social media