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Ninth Circuit ruling trimming CFAA claims for misappropriation reminds employers that technical network security is the first defense
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 13 2012

The Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, has upheld a district court’s dismissal of criminal charges under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that were predicated on misappropriation of proprietary documents in violation of the employer’s computer use policy


Employee violation of employer computer use policy can support CFAA criminal charge
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 5 2011

An employee's violation of an employer's computer use policy can support a criminal charge of exceeding authorized access under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a district court ruled


Employer may have violated Lanham Act, state right of publicity, in impersonation of employee on social media
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 5 2011

An employer that is alleged to have posted messages impersonating an employee on her personal Facebook and Twitter pages while she was recuperating from an accident may be liable under the Lanham Act for false endorsement and under the Illinois right of publicity, a district court ruled


Ninth Circuit panel says employee violation of employer computer use policy can support CFAA criminal charge
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 29 2011

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that an employee’s violation of an employer's computer use policy can support a criminal charge of exceeding authorized access under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act


Programmer's computer access to steal employer's stock trading code not "unauthorized" under CFAA
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 11 2011

A programmer charged with stealing computer source code for a high-speed stock trading platform from his employer in order to benefit one of its competitors did not access the firm's computer network without authorization, or in excess of his authorization, within the meaning of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a district court ruled


In assessing employee status in copyright ownership disputes, technology start-ups are a special case, says the Ninth Circuit
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 8 2010

A technology start-up company can be an informal environment - both Apple Computer and Hewlett-Packard famously started out in garages, and Yahoo!, Google and Facebook were developed, initially at least, in college dorm rooms


U.S. Supreme Court grants petition for certiorari in Quon v. Arch Wireless case involving employee communications claim under Stored Communications Act
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court granted the petition for certiorari filed by the employer in a case involving the privacy of employee communications under the Stored Communications Act provisions of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act


Rule of lenity limits criminal prosecution under Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for acts of employee disloyalty
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

The rule of lenity limits prosecution of an allegedly disloyal former employee on the theory that his access to his employer's computer network was "without authorization" or "exceeded authorized access" within the meaning of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a district court ruled


Arbitration clause in electronic employment agreement unenforceable where evidence of execution and assent to arbitration were lacking
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

An arbitration clause in an electronic employment agreement cannot be enforced where the employer failed to show by a preponderance of the evidence that the employee electronically executed the agreement, a California appeals court ruled


There's no sense waiting to see what the U.S. Supreme Court has to say about GPS tracking
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 5 2012

That appears to be the opinion of Magistrate Judge David Noce in United States v. Robinson, No. 4:11-cr-00361 (D. Mo. Dec. 27, 2011), who ruled that GPS tracking of a public official suspected of having a no-show municipal job did not require a warrant