keep-calm-i-told-you-it-was-inevitable-We’ve discussed the inevitable disclosure doctrine in previous posts.  It’s a powerful claim and whether adoption of the uniform trade secrets act makes it viable in Texas remains to be seen.   What is it?  Assume that in your prior job you were exposed to certain trade secrets of your employer that you would “inevitably”

Texas Non-Compete

Last week I had the privilege of speaking and attending the Texas Non-Compete Camp put on by UT LAW CLE and Mike Maslanka.  There were a number of great lawyers there addressing topics ranging from whether to sue the new employer of a former employee to ethical considerations of representing both the employee and employer.  

It’s always interesting to take a look at other states to see how they deal with non-compete legislation.  We’ve discussed Masschusetts and most recently doctor non-competes in New Mexico.  Hawaii is the latest state to enact new noncompete legislation targeting workers in a “technology business”.  This is how the Hawaii legislature defined “technology business”:

Hawaii

 

For the last few months I’ve been involved in a number of temporary restraining order/preliminary injunction cases in state and federal courts in a number of different industries/professions. Some general reminders/lessons from non-compete/non-solicit fights:

  1. Signed Agreements – Make sure the non-compete agreements at issue are signed.  Some companies have their employees execute agreements on line

                         

At the beginning of the September, the State of Texas followed the majority of other states becoming the 48th to adopt a version of the uniform trade secrets act. So the question becomes, why does this matter to my business or in the context of the employee/employer relationship?

Though the instances where true “trade

                                       

 In a recent entry in the Delaware Employment Law blog, Molly DiBanca recounts the story of a employee who gives two weeks notice of intent to resign and then proceeds to email confidential and proprietary information to his new employer from his work email account. Note to employers, lock down or at least seriously

                                  

As you probably know, HP filed a lawsuit against former CEO Mark Hurd in California seeking to prevent him from going to work for competitor Oracle.  The Wall Street Journal has a solid account of the lawsuit and analysis of the claims.

The lawsuit asserts causes of action against Hurd for breach

                                             

As discussed previously, in some situations Texas courts will afford customer lists trade secret protection.  In most non-solicit/non-compete cases, the departing employee doesn’t walk out with the company customer list.  In some cases that list doesn’t exist.  In other cases the former employee will simply reconstruct the customer list from memory, contact information