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Attorneys Who Left Law Firm And Solicited Its Employees Were Liable For Tortious Interference

Reeves v. Hanlon, 106 Cal. App. 4th 433 (2003) Attorney Robert L. Reeves filed a lawsuit against attorneys Daniel P. Hanlon and Colin T. Greene and their law firm, Hanlon & Greene (H&G), after Hanlon and Greene abruptly resigned from their positions with Reeves & Hanlon (R&H) and allegedly persuaded certain R&H employees to join … Continue Reading

The Continued Use Or Disclosure Of A Trade Secret May Be Part Of A “Continuing Misappropriation”

Cadence Design Sys. v. Avant! Corp., 29 Cal. 4th 215 (2002) In this case, the California Supreme Court answered the following question of law certified to it from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit: Under the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA), when does a claim for trade secret infringement arise: … Continue Reading

Court Rejects The “Inevitable Disclosure” Of Trade Secrets Doctrine

Schlage Lock Co. v. Whyte, 101 Cal. App. 4th 1443 (2002) J. Douglas Whyte was employed as a vice-president of Schlage where he was responsible for sales to The Home Depot (which alone accounts for 38 percent of Schlage’s sales) and other “big box” retailers such as HomeBase and Lowe’s. Whyte signed a confidentiality agreement … Continue Reading

Employee Who Stole Trade Secrets Is Required To Serve Jail Time

People v. Farell, 28 Cal. 4th 381 (2002) On his last day of employment as an electrical engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation, Alejandro Farell printed out confidential design specifications for certain computer chips, which could have been used in designing other technology. The evidence of Farell’s misappropriation was obtained during the execution of a search … Continue Reading
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