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FTC Folds, Admits Google Never Broke Antitrust Laws

Over the past two years, we have heard an endless stream of pundits, analysts and lobbyists weigh in on the possible antitrust case against Google.  The most outrageous such commentary came from Thomas Barnett, a partner at Covington and Burling and lobbyist for Microsoft and other Google competitors.  When interviewed for a CNET article, Barnett

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

FTC Enters Final Order Invaliding Non-Compete Agreements of Reno Cardiologists

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission issued a final decision approving a consent order that will invalidate the non-compete agreements of ten cardiologists who are terminating their employment with Renown Health in Reno, Nevada. The move has been expected since late this summer, when the parties reached a tentative agreement on the matter. The situation

DOJ Sues eBay for Non-Compete Pact

On Friday, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against eBay accusing the company of entering a non-compete pact with software maker Intuit.  Under the terms of the alleged secret deal, both companies agreed to refrain from recruiting or hiring each other’s employees.  According to the DOJ, both companies aggressively policed their respective workforces to

Zynga Adds Rival Kixeye as Defendant in Trade Secrets Case & Kixeye Countersues

The Zynga saga continues.  In October, Zynga – the company that makes popular Facebook games like FarmVille – filed a lawsuit against a former employee, Allan Patmore.  In short, Zynga alleges that Patmore left the company, took a ton of confidential information and trade secrets with him then went to work for a competitor Kixeye.