Category Archives: Confidential Information

President Not Alone in Cavalier Approach to Protecting the Digital Crown Jewels

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Game industry executive’s job-hopping mistake leads to `Game Over’ jury verdict for Facebook/Oculus

Hours after a Dallas jury returned its $500 million verdict for ZeniMax over claims that Facebook and Oculus unfairly used its virtual reality coding, the creator of that code, John Carmack, took to social media to continue his defense. Carmack, … Continue reading

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Picture that text you just wrote on the screen in a courtroom

Executives know better than to put questionable statements in email, right? Well, it is past time to realize the same goes for texts. Just like a Miranda warning: Anything you text can and will be used against you in a court of law. Continue reading

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Your Employment Agreement is Nothing Like a Mortgage Document

Another report on employment contracts is discouraging but not surprising. A survey of 1,000 people in the U.K. showed that more than 90 percent didn’t read their employment contracts – despite the fact that the terms can haunt them for … Continue reading

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Dialer Beware: Trump Volunteers Must Sign Onerous Agreement to Work Online Phone Bank

Where do I begin? There are so many troubling aspects to the lengthy nondisclosure agreement that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is requiring online campaign volunteers to sign that I just had to speak up. The contents of this 2,271-world … Continue reading

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Noteworthy Outcome in Early Test of Federal Trade Secrets Act

There’s a bigger story behind a Florida judge’s recent ruling in one of the first lawsuits brought under the new Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga dismissed, at least temporarily, a lawsuit filed by an … Continue reading

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Massage Envy No More

Houston Chronicle business columnist Chris Tomlinson recently interviewed me about how a woman’s search for a better job landed her in serious legal trouble. The unfortunate story involves Maxie Foster, who worked for years as a receptionist to pay her … Continue reading

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Who Says There’s No Crying in Baseball?

To those who shrug off cybertheft as a victimless crime that shouldn’t involve any real punishment, there’s a federal judge in Houston who just officially delivered a very different message on the subject. U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes sentenced former … Continue reading

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Considering a New Job? Please Talk to Your Lawyer

Zillow recently reached a whopping $130 million settlement with Realtor.com operator Move Inc. shortly before the two online real estate giants went to trial over alleged misappropriation of trade secrets. While the settlement amount is a far cry from the … Continue reading

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White House Report Says Non-Competes May Hurt Competition

The White House is weighing in on the growing use of non-compete agreements and how they can negatively affect competition, individual workers and the overall economy. Once a tool reserved for top executives, the 16-page report released earlier this week … Continue reading

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