Tag Archives: New York

Federal Court Warns Companies – If You Don’t Protect Your Trade Secrets, Neither Will We

In 2016 Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act, creating a federal cause of action for the theft of trade secrets. For a plaintiff attempting to prove that the information at issue is a trade secret, there is a tendency to focus only on the information itself, rather than the manner in which the plaintiff … Continue Reading

White House Continues Attack on Non-Compete Agreements

The assault on non-compete agreements has continued in a significant way, as outlined in our web article, White House Continues Attack on Non-Compete Agreements.  The latest White House document, coupled with prior reports from the White House and Treasury Department, as well as actions initiated by the Attorney General of New York and the Attorney … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Adopts Narrow Construction of Federal Computer Fraud Statute, Joins Circuit Split

Clifford R. Atlas and Ravindra K. Shaw of Jackson Lewis’s New York office have written on the firm’s website about a recent decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals applying the narrow definition of “exceeds authorized access” under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.  The case is United States v. Valle, 2015 U.S. App. … Continue Reading

Another New York Federal Court Narrowly Construes the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

When an executive search firm bought the goodwill and other assets of a similar firm and learned that the individual sellers took client lists and diverted business in violation of their non-compete agreements, it terminated the sellers’ employment and sued them and other third-party defendants for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) as well … Continue Reading

You Fired Me, So Now I Can Compete – True or False?

We have often been asked: if an employer fires an employee, can a non-compete or non-solicitation agreement be enforced?  Some federal district courts interpreting New York law had said “no.”  A recent decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Hyde v. KLS Professional Advisors Group, LLC, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 21111 (2nd Cir. October 12, … Continue Reading

NY Appellate Division Rejects Challenge to Forum and Choice of Law by California Defendant

In the latest chapter of an ongoing dispute between Aon Risk Services and Alliant Insurance Services (stemming from Alliant’s hiring of dozens of Aon employees and accepting millions in annual revenue from former Aon clients), on January 10, 2013, the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department issued a decision upholding key rulings of the … Continue Reading
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