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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


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


Use of e-mail client rule to acquire copies of e-mail messages violates Wiretap Act
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 11 2011

An employee who accessed the rule function on his supervisor's e-mail account in order to have copies of the supervisor's e-mail messages forwarded to him violated the provisions of the Wiretap Act that prohibit intentional interception of an electronic communication, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled


Ninth Circuit will rehear important employee data theft case under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • November 1 2011

On October 27, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit agreed to rehear the appeal in United States v. Nosal


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


No Fourth Amendment violation in government employer review of employee text messages
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • July 29 2010

A municipality did not violate an employee's privacy rights when it reviewed text messages on an employer-supplied pager in order to determine whether it was providing sufficient character limits to its employees under its contract with the wireless services provider, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled


Labor union e-mail campaign did not violate CFAA
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • July 29 2010

A labor union that posted a pre-addressed form e-mail on its Web site, enabling union supporters to e-mail an employer with a pro-union message with "the click of a few buttons," and that allegedly encouraged supporters to inundate the employer's e-mail system with messages, did not violate the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a district 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


Who owns an employee's Twitter and other online accounts?
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • December 8 2011

In this era of multiple online communication channels, and in an environment of increased employee mobility, employers need to focus on the legal and practical ways of securing their ownership of online company accounts that are registered or otherwise created by employees or contractors