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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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Wishing You and Your Family a Joyful Holiday Season!

We’ll see you back here in 2016 with more Legal Issues in the Executive Suite. In the meantime, have a safe and wonderful holiday season.

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More on the Astros/Cardinals Hacking Scandal

I went on KTRK, Houston’s ABC affiliate, last weekend to discuss the Houston Astros/St. Louis Cardinals hacking scandal. You can check out the video here.

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Company Secrets Come in Many Forms, and All Deserve Protection

The Cuckoo’s Calling wasn’t, as its dust jacked proclaimed, a debut novel penned by Robert Galbraith. It was written by beloved Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. After The Sunday Times broke the story, critics began to suggest that the revelation … Continue reading

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Employee Anti-Poaching Agreements Thwart the Free Market

An interesting case is playing out as we speak in Silicon Valley, where a group of high-tech employees has sued Google, Apple, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Adobe, Intel, and Intuit over an alleged “gentlemen’s agreement” not to recruit each other’s employees. In In … Continue reading

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Changing Jobs? Here’s What Not to Take With You

In my last blog, I discussed what executives should take with them when they’re leaving their company. In this blog, we’ll go over something just as important: what they shouldn’t take with them. The short answer is, besides the employment … Continue reading

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Executive Deposition Tips, Part 3: Steer Clear of Innuendo

Executives might be tempted to aim disparaging comments at the opposing side during a deposition. Avoiding this urge can be difficult when opposing counsel is peppering an executive with questions impugning his or her credibility, competency and intellect. But resisting the … Continue reading

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CEOs Facing Criminal Prosecution Not Out of the Question

The recent manslaughter case against a Connecticut pool company CEO highlights the criminal liability executives can face, even when they are far removed from any alleged criminal acts. David Lionetti pleaded guilty in April to a charge of criminally negligent … Continue reading

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Executive Depositions Tips, Part 1: Answer the Question

When I’m preparing my executive clients for a deposition, I turn on the recorder and ask them the following question: “Do you know what time it is?” The recorder is crucial in this exercise because the client—used to normal human … Continue reading

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