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Trade Secrets Cases Shoving Aside Noncompetes Amid High Turnover

A recent North Carolina state court ruling that ex-employees of an HVAC company could be liable for stealing trade secrets like customer lists—but not for calling those customers in violation of a covenant—was an outcome fitting an emerging trend. Companies that feel exploited by former employees helping a rival increasingly turn to trade secrets claims for relief, as restrictive employee covenants fall out of favor.

Patent Defendant Said to Launch ‘Vicious’ Strike at Law Firm

A Texas law firm can proceed with a suit in Missouri federal court accusing Mycroft AI Inc., its founder, and its chief executive of unleashing an “aggressive information warfare campaign” against the firm after Mycroft was sued for alleged patent infringement.

Suit Over Shootings of Upchurch, Johnny Cash Paintings Proceeds

A suit alleging country rapper Upchurch mutilated two portraits he acquired from a painter without payment and then gave them away to be auctioned for charity will go forward, after the Middle District of Florida found factual disputes bar an early disposition of the case.

Nuance, Mach7 Sued for Patent Royalties on Medical-Imaging Tech

Nuance and Mach7 Technologies were hit with a lawsuit alleging that Nuance’s PowerShare -- a network for sharing patient health care information and images using web-based and mobile viewing applications -- and viewers it supports including Mach7’s eUnity infringe four patents for the technology owned by closely held AI Visualize.

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Coronavirus and Force Majeure Clauses

Covid-19 has legal teams exploring whether to turn to a rarely tested section of their contracts: the force majeure, or act of god, clause.

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