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Court of Appeal Affirms Trial Court Award of “Bad Faith” Attorney’s Fees

Posted in Trade Secrets and Competition

Readers of this blog may recall our discussion of a “bad faith” attorney’s fees award made by the trial court in the Aerotek v. The Johnson Group case.   To view a copy of our previous post, click here.  As a refresher, Aerotek sued its former employee and that former employer’s new employer claiming misappropriation… Continue Reading

Another Non-Compete Held Unenforceable

Posted in Trade Secrets and Competition

Under California law, non-compete provisions with an employee are generally unenforceable.  Statutory exceptions to this rule include the seller of a business’s goodwill or a membership interest in an LLC.  Courts have also recognized a judicial exception to this rule: where the non-compete is necessary to protect an employer’s trade secret information.  This judicial exception… Continue Reading

Trade Secrets and “Susceptibility” to Reverse Engineering

Posted in Trade Secrets and Competition

Sometimes a defendant accused of trade secret misappropriation can defend on the basis that it has “reversed engineered” the alleged trade secret information and therefore did not misappropriate it.  For instance, a defendant may be able to establish that it examined plaintiff’s product and then using its own know-how, time, energy and independent resources was… Continue Reading

Trade Secret Preemption Revisited

Posted in Trade Secrets and Competition

This blog has periodically visited the issue of preemption in trade secret cases.  Preemption arises when a plaintiff alleges common law causes of action (such as conversion or interference with economic relations) with a trade secret misappropriation claim that is based on the “same nucleus of facts.”  California courts have repeatedly held that California’s Uniform… Continue Reading

“Animosity” Is Not Bad Faith For Attorneys’ Fees In Trade Secret Cases

Posted in Trade Secrets and Competition

Prior blog posts have addressed the issue of when a court may award attorneys’ fees in a trade secret misappropriation case.  Under the California trade secret statute, the court may award attorneys’ fees where there has been a willful and malicious misappropriation of plaintiff’s trade secrets or when a trade secret misappropriation claim is brought… Continue Reading

A Reminder to Employers of the Need for Social Media Policies

Posted in Trade Secrets and Competition

Those of you who attended our seminar on protecting confidential and trade secret information last Spring may recall our discussion about a trade secret misappropriation case involving a Twitter account. In that case, PhoneDog v. Kravitz, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 129229 (N.D. Cal. 2011), a product news and review company, PhoneDog, claimed it issued Twitter… Continue Reading

A Reminder to Employers of the Need for Social Media Policies

Posted in Trade Secrets and Competition

By:   James Kachmar Those of you who attended our seminar on protecting confidential and trade secret information last Spring may recall our discussion about a trade secret misappropriation case involving a Twitter account. In that case, PhoneDog v. Kravitz, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 129229 (N.D. Cal. 2011), a product news and review company, PhoneDog, claimed… Continue Reading