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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. 

Non-Compete Cases and Choice of Law: A Recent Case From Missouri

A recent non-compete case out of Missouri raises a number of interesting considerations, including some related to choice of law and conflicts of law.   The case is TLC Vision (USA) Corp. v. Freeman, 2012 WL 5398671 (E.D. Mo. Nov. 2, 2012). TLC is basically in the business of running centers that provide vision correction services.

Zynga Sues Former Manager Over Theft of CityVille Trade Secrets

In the realm of non-compete and trade secret litigation, there are certain truisms that have stood the test of time.  Among the most basic:  Do not take company files with you.  This is a classic blunder.  You know, like getting involved in a land war in Asia.  It is a bad idea.  When you take

Amazon Sues Former High Ranking Employee Over New Job at Google

As an attorney who defends employees in non-compete cases, I am generally critical of how such agreements are used.   For one thing, it seems that everybody has a non-compete agreement these days (maids, bartenders, news anchors), even when the facts suggest that such an agreement is unenforceable.  And every plaintiff in every non-compete case runs