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When Theft is not a Federal or State Crime

In the most recent ruling in a lengthy and procedurally complex criminal case, a New York trial court dismissed a computer programmer’s criminal conviction under New York’s Unlawful Use of Secret Scientific Material law for copying his employer’s computer code. In People v. Aleynikov (No. 04447/2012, New York Supreme Court, New York County), Judge Daniel Conviser wrote in his 72-page … Continue Reading

Are Contact Lists and LinkedIn Contacts Trade Secrets?

On September 16, 2014, the United States District Court for the Central District of California denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment in a case involving whether customer lists and LinkedIn contacts could constitute trade secrets under the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“CUTSA”). Plaintiff Cellular Accessories for Less, Inc. (Cellular) sells mobile phone accessories to businesses. Defendant, David Oakes (Oakes) … Continue Reading

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