Protect Your Business: What You Need to Know About the New Defend Trade Secrets Act

The Litigation Law Blog

Businesses at every level – from Fortune 500 companies to solo-inventor enterprises – rely on trade secret protections to safeguard their intellectual property trade secrets. American companies and innovators now have additional protections for their valuable intellectual property assets in the newly enacted federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). This legislation represents the most significant trade secret reform legislation in years.

Essentially, the DTSA extends the current Economic Espionage Act of 1996, which criminalizes certain trade secret misappropriations,

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IF YOU SUE FACEBOOK, WHAT’S THE LIKELIHOOD YOU’LL BE ALLOWED TO DEPOSE MARK ZUCKERBERG?

The Litigation Law Blog

Companies are no strangers to litigation. In California, it is a cost of doing business. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for litigants to try to gain leverage in a dispute with a corporate party by attempting to depose its high-level executives to harass and embarrass them, and force the company into a quick and aberrant settlement. The strategy employed by a litigant may go like this: (1) put pressure on a company by noticing the deposition of an officer or director,

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Self-Help Discovery May Be Protected Activity

by Daniel C. Kim
The Litigation Law Blog

 

As a matter of first impression, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently held that self-help discovery may constitute “protected activity” under Massachusetts’ anti-retaliation statute. The decision is contrary to other jurisdictions which do not expressly authorize such self-help discovery.

To read the full blog, please visit: http://blog.hrusa.com/blog/self-help-discovery-may-be-protected-activity/

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California’s New Equal Pay Laws Promise to Bring More Litigation

by Lukas Clary
The Labor & Employment Law Blog

Equal pay claims just got a lot tougher to defend in California.  Last month, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 358, a new law which aims to curb a statewide pay disparity between men and women.  The law, dubbed the California Fair Pay Act, goes into effect on January 1, 2016 and requires immediate, affirmative assessment by most California employers. 

Overview of the California Fair Pay Act. 

Current law already requires California employers to pay men and women the same wage for performing equal work in the same establishment.  

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