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Raising the bar on claims of trade secret misappropriation

    A new decision by a Federal District Court judge in Minneapolis indicates that it will be more difficult for employers to file lawsuits alleging trade secret misappropriation against former employees. Hot Stuff Foods claimed that one of its former executives, Dornbach, secretly entered into business relationships with its customers before he resigned from [...]

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Non-Compete Agreements and Trade Secrets: where there’s smoke there’s fire?

A federal Court of Appeals in Boston yesterday affirmed a jury’s decision awarding $1.1 million against an employee and his new employer for breaching a non-competition agreement and misappropriating trade secrets.  The decision should serve as a reminder of the risks involved in these types of situations. First, some background.   Astro-Med and Nihon Kohden are rivals [...]

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