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Hawaii Hospice Can’t Bring Trade Secrets Case Against Ex-CEO (1)

Sept. 24, 2019, 3:46 PMUpdated: Sept. 24, 2019, 8:42 PM

A Hawaiian hospice care provider can’t sue its former CEO for allegedly stealing trade secrets under federal law because it didn’t link the secrets to interstate business, a Hawaii federal court ruled.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii’s Sept. 23 ruling sheds light on the scope of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), a 2016 law that lets trade secret owners bring a civil action if their secret relates to a product or service used in interstate commerce.

Plaintiff Islands Hospice Inc. alleged that Michael Duick violated the DTSA by stealing its proprietary business methods to...

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