Altbaier v. Down-Lite

In this action, we represented the defendant/employer, Down-Lite, who develops and sells proprietary blends of down and feather, in the California-based companion action brought by the employee/shareholder to a misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract action filed in the Southern District of Ohio that had been filed by our client. The employee/shareholder was seeking preliminary injunctive relief to enjoin our client from enforcing a non-compete restriction and non-disclosure of trade secrets limitation in agreements he had signed with our client. Following a court hearing, we successfully defeated plaintiff’s emergency motion for a temporary restraining order and obtained a complete dismissal of this action pending further proceedings in the Ohio proceedings brought by our client.

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The Humility To Prepare and the Confidence To Pull It off With Doug Young

Mike Herring interviews past ACTL President Doug Young in this episode of  Trial Tested: A Podcast by the American College of Trial Lawyers . S3E6: The Humility To Prepare and the Confidence To Pull It off With...

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Under FTC’s New Proposed Rule, Employers Will No Longer Be Able to Rely on Noncompete Agreements

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Protecting “What Not to Do” as a Negative Trade Secret

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How Companies Can Stop Trade Secret Disclosure in California

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