Monthly Archives: April 2016

When You Get SLAPPed, You Can Get SLAPPed Hard

Lawyers who are keeping an eye on SLAPP litigation will want to review the Texas Supreme Court’s April 15 ruling in Sullivan v. Abraham. In its brief decision, the court provided a little more clarity in this emerging area of litigation that can affect many areas of law, including trade secrets. Continue reading

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Now in Hackers’ Sights, Law Firms Must Step Up Protection of Client Confidences

As the Panama Papers made brutally obvious, law firms contain vast amounts of confidential information about clients. Some of that information might not reflect positively on those clients (such as huge offshore accounts), but other information could help make others rich.

At least, that was the apparent intention when law enforcement came upon a “criminal-seeks-hacker” posting on the “dark web.” According to an alert sent to American Bar Association members by the FBI’s Cyber Division, the criminal was looking for a hacker to break into the networks of international law firms as part of an insider trading scheme. Continue reading

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You Really Should Read the Treasury Department’s Report on Non-Competes

Anybody concerned with non-competes – that is any potential employer or employee, so pretty much all of us – should settle in with a nice sandwich and the beverage of their choice and read the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Economic Policy’s recent report, “Non-compete Contracts: Economic Effects and Policy Implications.” Continue reading

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