The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has ruled, in American Furukawa, Inc., v. Hossain, that an employee at American Furukawa, a technology supply company, could be liable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for “exceeding authorized access” to company computers when he downloaded files and emails from the company’s servers, in violation of Furukawa’s policy restricting access with removable media.  While several circuit courts have narrowly interpreted “exceeds authorized access” to find no liability for individuals who have violated computer use policies, the court here held that the defendant’s actions met the statute’s “clear and unambiguous” definition of the phrase.  Accordingly, the court denied the defendant’s motion for judgment on the pleadings and found that Furukawa stated a valid CFAA claim.