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Frivolous (Trade Secrets) Lawsuits and Greedy (Big Firm) Plaintiff’s Lawyers: A Recent Case from Minnesota

A recent case out of Minnesota raises a number of non-compete and trade secret issues.  Let’s take a look: In 2005, Robert Wilcox was hired as the general manager of ground handling services at Minneapolis St. Paul Airport (“MSP”) for a company called Integrated Airline Services Alliance.  In 2006, Menzies Aviation purchased Integrated.   Menzies bills … Continue reading

Medical Equipment Industry Remains a Hotbed of Non-Compete Litigation

Call it a trend.  These days, non-compete litigation is everywhere:   All across the country and in every industry imaginable.  Some industries generate more non-compete litigation than others.  And perhaps no industry has more non-compete litigation than the healthcare industry.   In any field that is remotely connected to healthcare or medicine, you will find widespread use … Continue reading

Latest Chapter in the (Crazy) Freedom Medical RICO / Non-Compete Litigation

What follows is one of the most absurd, complicated, fantastical non-compete-related disputes that I have ever seen.   This is going to be a long one. The Major Players In 1997, two individuals in Pennsylvania formed a company called Freedom Medical, Inc.  Freedom Medical engages in the business of buying and selling medical equipment.  In 1999, … Continue reading

Non-Compete Fight in the World of Surgical Robotics: MAKO Surgical Sues Competitor, Former Employee

Fort Lauderdale-based MAKO Surgical Corporation has filed a lawsuit against a former employee, Jeffrey Gellman, and his new company, Blue Belt Technologies, Inc., alleging the parties conspired to steal MAKO’s confidential information and clients. MAKO is a company that is principally engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of robotic surgical systems.  These systems use … Continue reading

Advanced Micro Devices Sues Former Employees for Massive Theft of Trade Secrets

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of computer graphics cards, has sued four former employees alleging a massive theft of company trade secrets.  The case was filed last week in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. According to the complaint, former AMD executive Robert Feldstein was … Continue reading

Amazon (Basically) Loses Non-Compete Case Against Former Employee Who Left For Google

In October of this year, Amazon sued a former employee who had jumped ship and gone to work for Google.   Beginning in mid-2010, Daniel Powers served as a vice-president of Amazon’s Web Services division.  His principal job in that capacity was to sell Amazon cloud computing services to businesses.  Powers left Amazon in June, signed … Continue reading

Advertising Giant Leo Burnett in Non-Compete Fight Over Kellogg Account with Eight Former Employees

Early this month, eight employees of the advertising giant Leo Burnett Company simultaneously left the company in the midst of work on a critical project for a major client.  Ostensibly, the Leo Burnett Eight have their eyes set on taking that client and making it big on their own.   Leo Burnett is one of the … Continue reading

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