Tag Archives: Joseph Ahmad

Whistleblowers Receive Whopper Payouts as SEC Proposes New Rules to Limit Future Awards

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced two large whistleblower payouts last week, bringing the total paid-out bounty for the program to more than $320 million since it was created as part of the 2011 Dodd-Frank Act. The $39 million … Continue reading

Posted in Business Continuity, Complaints Against Executives, Dodd-Frank, Fraud, Whistleblowers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Whistleblowers Receive Whopper Payouts as SEC Proposes New Rules to Limit Future Awards

Fifth Circuit Reminder: Words Matter in Employment Contacts, Restrictive Covenants

Sometimes the most fundamental legal concepts are so basic and intuitive that they tend to fall by the wayside in practice. Case in point is a recent Fifth Circuit opinion throwing out an arbitration agreement because the employer didn’t follow … Continue reading

Posted in Arbitration agreements, Executive contracts, Fiduciary Duty, Legal, Litigation | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Fifth Circuit Reminder: Words Matter in Employment Contacts, Restrictive Covenants

Dating App Execs Make Failed Tinder-Bumble Merger Personal

A nasty court fight unfolding between Texas-based dating apps Tinder and Bumble has all of the elements of a soap opera drama – romance, unfaithfulness, intrigue and, of course, revenge. The mess began just four years ago with a bitter … Continue reading

Posted in Complaints Against Executives, Confidential Information, Covenants Not to Compete, Executive Management Style, Social Media, Trade Secrets, Workplace Romances | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Dating App Execs Make Failed Tinder-Bumble Merger Personal

In Buc-ee’s Retention Pay Squabble, Former Manager Scores Big Payback from Appellate Court

A Texas appellate court recently stiff-armed the Buc-ee’s convenience store chain for a poorly considered retention pay provision that amounted to “unenforceable restraints of trade.” The court’s interpretation of the retention pay provision is a learning opportunity for employers who … Continue reading

Posted in Clawback provisions, Covenants Not to Compete, Non-Competes, Restraint of trade, Retention agreements | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on In Buc-ee’s Retention Pay Squabble, Former Manager Scores Big Payback from Appellate Court

As Date Nears for Google v. Uber Trade Secret Trial, Uber Insiders Describe Culture of Espionage and Secrecy

In the year since Google’s autonomous vehicle subsidiary Waymo first leveled allegations that Uber had poached star engineer Anthony Levandowski knowing that he was bringing a raft of stolen trade secrets with him, the contentious litigation has consistently revealed new … Continue reading

Posted in CEOs, Complaints Against Executives, Confidential Information, Corporate culture, Criminal Prosecutions, Defend Trade Secrets Act, Litigation, Trade Secrets | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on As Date Nears for Google v. Uber Trade Secret Trial, Uber Insiders Describe Culture of Espionage and Secrecy

5 Lessons About Protecting Digital Assets From ZeniMax v. Oculus VR

The November edition of DCEO magazine dives into the recent $500 million jury verdict against Facebook’s Oculus virtual reality subsidiary, describing the whopper verdict as a transcendent moment for businesses that have not yet taken steps to identify and protect … Continue reading

Posted in Business Continuity, CEOs, Corporate culture, Non-Competes, Trade Secrets | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on 5 Lessons About Protecting Digital Assets From ZeniMax v. Oculus VR

Two-Plane Habit: GE Exec’s Travel Latest Example of Wasteful Corporate Culture

GE shareholders and much of the business world were surprised to learn about the wasteful business travel practices of recently retired CEO Jeff Immelt. The WSJ reported recently that for much of his tenure at GE, Immelt traveled in a … Continue reading

Posted in CEOs, Complaints Against Executives, Corporate culture, Executive Management Style, Fiduciary Duty | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Two-Plane Habit: GE Exec’s Travel Latest Example of Wasteful Corporate Culture

On the Court or in the C-Suite, Leaders Embrace Win-at-All-Cost Drive at Their Own Peril

The NCAA basketball kickback scandal is just getting started and it’s already bagged a big one – Louisville’s Rick Pitino, who was forced to resign after details of the wide-ranging probe were unveiled. Expect many more heads to roll as … Continue reading

Posted in CEOs, Complaints Against Executives, Corporate culture, Criminal Prosecutions, Executive Management Style, Sports contracts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on On the Court or in the C-Suite, Leaders Embrace Win-at-All-Cost Drive at Their Own Peril

U-Turn Ahead: Uber hits brakes over new hire’s refusal to help in trade secret defense

In a move that surprised no one watching the drama between Uber and Google’s Waymo self-driving vehicle division, Uber fired engineering whiz Anthony Levandowski on Tuesday. The company thought it scored a real coup last year in hiring Levandowski to … Continue reading

Posted in Complaints Against Executives, Corporate culture, Covenants Not to Compete, Defend Trade Secrets Act, Executive contracts, Trade Secrets | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on U-Turn Ahead: Uber hits brakes over new hire’s refusal to help in trade secret defense

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

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

Posted in CEOs, Confidential Information, Corporate culture, Defend Trade Secrets Act, Trade Secrets | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on President Not Alone in Cavalier Approach to Protecting the Digital Crown Jewels