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Former CEO Violated Federal And State Law By Taking And Deleting Company’s Documents And Data

ViChip Corp. v. Lee, 438 F. Supp. 2d 1087 (N.D. Cal. 2006) ViChip sued Dr. Tsu-Chang Lee, the company’s former CEO, president, secretary, CFO and sole director, for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secret misappropriation, violation of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), 18 U.S.C. § 1030, and conversion. Lee … Continue Reading

Employee’s Conviction For Grand Theft Of A Trade Secret Is Reversed

People v. Laiwala, 115 Cal. App. 4th 850, 9 Cal. Rptr. 3d 466 (2004) Sadrudin Laiwala, a former engineer of Odeum Microsystems, a division of Hyundai Electronics America, allegedly copied and took with him a “DVD copy protection system” immediately prior to his departure from the company. Laiwala was criminally prosecuted for violation of California … 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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