SunPower Corp. v. SunEdison, Inc., 2015 WL 5316333 (N.D. Cal. 2015)

Three former employees of SunPower were sued for allegedly breaching SunPower’s computer use policies by accessing files while they were still employed by SunPower that they allegedly later provided to their new employer (SunEdison). SunPower alleged that defendants violated the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (the “CFAA”) by breaching its computer policies when they connected USB drives to SunPower’s network and copied and stored SunPower’s files onto these devices. The district court granted defendants’ motion to dismiss the CFAA claim, holding that the CFAA is “an anti-hacking statute, not a misappropriation statute.”