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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


Employees’ informational privacy rights - Supreme Court decides NASA v. Nelson
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • USA
  • January 31 2011

On January 19, 2011, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of NASA v. Nelson, No. 09-530


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


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


Hulk-Sized Damages in Sex Tape Privacy and Publicity Case
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • USA
  • March 24 2016

In 2006, Terry Gene Bollea, better known as "Hulk Hogan," had sex with his best friend's wife, Heather Clem. Apparently unbeknownst to either of them


Cross-Atlantic data flows following Schrems
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • European Union, USA
  • November 10 2015

On 6 November 2015, The EU Commission published a communication addressed to the European Parliament and the EU Council, in an attempt to reduce


EU-US Data Transfer Privacy Shield: Political Agreement Achieved Regarding “Safe Harbor 2.0”
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • European Union, USA
  • February 5 2016

On February 2, 2016, following three months of intense negotiations in the wake of the October 6, 2015 decision by the Court of Justice of the


High court may rule on computer law question
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • USA
  • September 28 2012

At issue is whether the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act applies to data theft by employees; the circuits are split


The 9th Circuit: employees are free to steal from the company computers
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • USA
  • April 11 2012

Yesterday the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion holding that limiting an employee’s access to the company computers solely for business purposes, i.e. not stealing the data for a competitor, cannot be the predicate for a violation of the federal computer crime statute, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), Title 18, U.S. C. 1030


Holding passwords hostage international extortion foiled
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • USA
  • January 19 2012

In a case recently filed by a Swiss company in federal court in Florida, the company alleged in its complaint that Jerome Westrick, its former computer programmer and minority shareholder, stole a company laptop, hacked into the company’s computer system, changed access codes and passwords, and locked out the company and its customers from getting into its enterprise content management software