New York Trade Secrets Update

Recently, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals provided its first detailed treatment of the definition of trade secrets under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (‘DTSA’) in Turret Labs USA, Inc. v. CargoSprint, LLC, No. 21-952, 2022 WL 701161 (2d Cir. Mar. 9, 2022).  By way of background, the DTSA is modeled upon the Uniform […]

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The Dangers of Asking for Too Much in a Child Custody Case

No one goes into a child custody case expecting to lose. Unfortunately, many people do exactly that by asking for too much in their initial pleadings. If you’re considering divorce and have children, or even if you’re considering a modification to a current child custody order, it’s important to remember that the decisions you make […]

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Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards Change Again – New Regulations Take Effect May 6

As COVID-19 restrictions have relaxed in California and many mask mandates have been lifted, Cal/OSHA has updated its Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). The new ETS, which take effect on May 6, 2022, reflect a general loosening of restrictions without lifting them completely. The new ETS are slated to remain in effect through the end of […]

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Department of Education Takes Steps Toward Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

While the White House continues to study an across-the-board debt cancellation for student loan borrowers, the U.S. Department of Education has announced a targeted loan forgiveness policy. On April 19, 2022, the Department announced changes to federal student loan payment plans in an effort to correct and streamline the process for borrowers to have their […]

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3 of 4 Age Discrimination Claims Rejected, 1 Survives

​Takeaway: This is, on the whole, a helpful case for employers. It is a reminder that even with the FEHA’s strong protections for employees, plaintiffs must still provide sufficient evidentiary support to meet their burden to show discriminatory motive. Here, a highly qualified plaintiff who was significantly older than selected candidates was not able to meet […]

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The Department of Justice Has Cooked Up Criminal Charges for No-Poach Agreements

Here’s yet another reason not to enter agreements with other companies not to hire (poach) other companies’ employees: potential criminal prosecution.  In the first-ever criminal trial for labor-related antitrust (Sherman Act) violations, the Department of Justice alleges that former DaVita Inc. CEO Kent Thiry conspired with other healthcare CEOs to limit employee movement to competitors. […]

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Saturday Side Hustle: Interview with Matthew Hardwick, Phd, ResInnova Laboratories

In this segment of the Saturday Side Hustle, Scott Lloyd discusses with Matt Hardwick, founder of Resinnova Labs, the challenges of starting a business and tips for a smooth transition from employee to entrepreneur. They also discuss how COVID-19 changed the game for Resinnova, which provides testing services for surface contaminants and other useful services […]

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How to Avoid Trade Secret Liability when Hiring New Employees

The Great Resignation may be past its peak in 2022, but companies across all sectors are struggling to fill openings without sacrificing their standards.  The latest data shows that job openings have climbed to a record high 11.3 million according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Given this environment, businesses are more tempted than […]

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M&A Pulse: Tax Considerations when Selling your Business

Most business owners pay their fair share of taxes while running their company.  When it comes time to sell the business, most owners are seeking tax strategies to minimize taxes paid on their gain.  We know that tax considerations are a major driver of any commercial transaction, especially M&A transactions.  So, what should a seller […]

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Read & Share: Defining The New Cannabis Consumer

Defining The New Cannabis Consumer The cannabis industry is transforming, and so too are its consumers. As they edge further into the mainstream, cannabis companies will need to fight for the consumer’s dollar—not just against other cannabis brands but also against a number of other industries in the discretionary spending sphere. This graphic from Tenacious Labs looks […]

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