Ian Robertson is an Employment Litigation associate in Crowell & Moring’s Irvine, California office. Ian’s employment law practice focuses not only on litigation but on preventative measures such as training programs, handbook preparation, and compliance counseling.
By Ian Robertson on Posted in U.S. LitigationOn Monday, April 9, Facebook settled a trade secrets case brought against it in California federal court by BladeRoom Group Limited. BladeRoom, a data center construction company, alleged that Facebook had used and divulged its trade secrets, specifically its methodology regarding efficient construction and implementation of pre‑fabricated data centers. BladeRoom had first presented to the social network… Continue Reading
By Ian Robertson on Posted in Non-Competes,U.S. LitigationAs first reported in a C&M Trade Secrets Blog Post last week, IBM filed a lawsuit in New York federal district court in early February against Microsoft’s newly hired diversity executive, Lindsay-Rae McIntyre. Ms. McIntyre had been at IBM more than 20 years, finishing her employment as its Chief Diversity Officer. She also signed a one-year non-compete and… Continue Reading
By Ian Robertson on Posted in Data Protection,U.S. LitigationFera Pharmaceuticals LLC, Akorn Inc., and Perrigo Co. PLC have settled a $100 million trade secrets case three weeks before trial was set to begin in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The case primarily involved trade secrets related to the production of erythromycin. In its lawsuit filed in 2012,… Continue Reading
By Siri Rao and Ian Robertson on Posted in Criminal Prosecution,Data ProtectionOn January 18, 2018, a former software developer for IBM Corp. was sentenced to five years in prison after he had pleaded guilty of theft of a trade secret and economic espionage. As part of his work for IBM, Xu Jiaquiang had access to proprietary source code which facilitates faster computer performance by coordinating work… Continue Reading
By Mark Romeo and Ian Robertson on Posted in U.S. LitigationOn October 10, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari challenging the Ninth Circuit’s holding that Power Ventures, Inc. had violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) by accessing Facebook user accounts. Power provided a platform whereby its members could access their various social media accounts in one place. Power received… Continue Reading
By Mark Romeo and Ian Robertson on Posted in U.S. LitigationIn the hotly contested case of Calendar Research LLC v. StubHub, Inc. et al., which is venued in the Central District of California, the plaintiff alleges misappropriation of trade secrets. Recently, the federal judge overseeing the litigation ruled that a source code expert, who had served very early in the litigation as a neutral evaluator for… Continue Reading
By Mark Romeo and Ian Robertson on Posted in Non-Competes,U.S. LitigationIn addition to federal and state‑specific hurdles facing employers who wish to utilize non‑compete agreements, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court has provided a warning to employers across the country that those agreements can be stricken for seemingly unrelated employment issues. On September 22, 2017, in the case of SpaceAge Consulting Corp. v. Maria… Continue Reading