PGEI v. Sierra Detroit Diesel-Allison, et al.

We represented the defendant company being sued by a competitor over the components of large, commercial, diesel-powered electric generator packages.  The plaintiff’s claims alleged that our client hired the plaintiff’s former employees and misappropriated the plaintiff’s design plans for the fuel tanks, on which the generators sit, and the steel housings or enclosures, which cover the generators for weather protection and sound attenuation.  The case was settled on favorable terms for our client prior to trial. 

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Failures Are Valuable IP: Protect Your Startup’s Negative Trade Secrets

Technology companies and start-ups are familiar with protecting inventions with patents, and protecting their secret formulas, source code, and algorithms as trade secrets. But tech companies may not be aware of another powerful form of...

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

“Negative trade secrets”—i.e., secret know-how about what does not work—are generally protectable in California, but in practice have proven challenging for courts and litigants to discern.  While a trade secret is a company’s intellectual...

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

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed a rule that would prohibit the use of noncompete agreements in employment contracts. Noncompete agreements prevent employees and independent contractors from pursuing certain forms of employment &ndash...

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How Companies Can Stop Trade Secret Disclosure in California

When an executive, founder, or employee with access to trade secrets or confidential information leaves a company to work elsewhere, employer trade secrets might be used by a competitor. Under two laws, California’s Uniform...

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How To Avoid Allegations of Trade Secret Misappropriation in California

When departing a company, an executive, founder, or employee with access to trade secrets or confidential information may face legal allegations around whether they will use or disclose their former employer’s trade secrets at...

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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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7 Tips to Help Financial Advisor Firms Protect Their Customer Lists

Customer relationships are a key asset for companies in the financial advising and wealth management industry. In California, however, the law is making it increasingly difficult to stop departing employees from soliciting customers after...

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50 Farella Lawyers in 2023 The Best Lawyers in America® and the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™; 4 Lawyer of the Year Awards

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