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Viacom Sues Netflix for Employee Poaching

Viacom, like Fox before, asserts the streamer is knowingly interfering with contracts. Viacom has filed a lawsuit alleging that Netflix induced one of its employees to break contract to join the streaming giant. The case, lodged in Los Angeles Superior Court last week, continues to explode the issue of the legality of fixed-term employment contracts.Read … Continue Reading

Second-Place Bidder On Public Works Contract Could Proceed With Tortious Interference Claim

Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. v. American Asphalt South, Inc., 2015 WL 738675 (Cal. Ct. App. 2015) Between 2009 and 2012, American Asphalt South, Inc. (“American”) outbid Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. (“Allan”) or Doug Martin Contracting, Inc. (“Martin”) on 23 public works contracts totaling more than $14.6 million to apply a slurry seal protective … Continue Reading

E-Mail Messages Accusing Individual Of Stealing Copyrighted Material And Plagiarism Were Only “Opinion”

Franklin v. Dynamic Details, Inc., 116 Cal. App. 4th 375 (2004) Bryan Franklin and Franklin-Choi Corporation (FCC) sued Dynamic Details, Inc. (DDi) and Jim Axton for defamation and tortious interference after Axton sent three e-mail messages to companies with which Franklin and FCC did business; the e-mail messages accused Franklin and FCC of plagiarism and … Continue Reading

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

Disgorgement Of Profits Is Not An Appropriate Remedy In Individual Unfair Competition Claim

Korea Supply Co. v. Lockheed Martin Corp., 29 Cal. 4th 1134 (2003) Korea Supply Company (KSC) sued Lockheed Martin for violation of California‘s Unfair Competition Law (UCL) and for interference with prospective economic relations after Lockheed Martin’s predecessor, Loral Corporation, was awarded a contract to provide military equipment to the Republic of Korea. KSC alleged … Continue Reading
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