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What's a Trade Secret If I Don't Keep it Secret?

Posted February 4, 2018

Nothing. Seriously, though, even large companies, like Ford Motor Company, seem to forget this. And it will probably end up costing it a lot of money in attorneys fees.

Under pretty much any trade secret analysis, the party seeking to protect the information must make reasonable efforts under the circumstances to keep it secret.  Makes sense. Every state that has adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, including Connecticut, has this requirement.  If you don't try to keep it a secret than why should the Court?

Paging Doctor Smith! You Are Free to Practice Around the State!

Posted May 8, 2016

Listen up doctors! Physicians and physician practices who are currently negotiating employment agreements, partnership agreements or otherwise joining a practice need to be aware of a recent law passed by Connecticut's General Assembly.  The law - which everyone expects Governor Molloy to sign - limits non-compete agreements for physicians to 15 miles in geographic scope and 1 year in duration.

Scrambled Eggs and Punitive Damages in Employee Restrictive Covenant Litigation

Posted March 19, 2016

Businesses now have a good case to support recovery of attorney's fees just for scrambling to court to keep a former employee from violating a non-competition or non-solicitation agreement, even if the company has suffered no other harm. You can catch up on non-competition agreements by reading this.

Surprise! Part of Your Non-Solicitation Agreement Is Unenforceable

Posted January 24, 2016

You want a non-competition or non-solicitation agreement your company can enforce, right?  Stupid question, you say.  Well, companies need to analyze the language in their contracts if that's their goal (some agreements I've seen make me doubt what the company's goal was, as if simply having something signed protected them.)

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