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Bradford K. Newman, Partner at PaulHastings, on Employment Issues

Bradford K. Newman, Partner and chair of the employee mobility and trade secret practice at PaulHastings, discusses the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in the context of an employee's "authorized" use of company systems for unauthorized purposes, the duty of loyalty and faithless servant doctrine...

Your Ex-Boss Wants You In Jail

I've noticed a disturbing trend recently. Not only are former employers suing ex-minions, but they're trying to have them tossed in jail. That's right: quit and go to jail, especially if you go to work for a competitor. The criminalization of employment law shows just how hostile employer...

Judge's Porn Habit Results In Suspension

Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), an individual who wrongfully accesses information stored on a computer can be held civilly and/or criminally liable. Employers have attempted to use the CFAA to prosecute employees who steal the company's confidential information. Different jurisdictions...

My Employee Deleted All of Her Work Emails and Quit. Can I Sue Her For That?

Well, sure, you can. But winning that case -- especially if you're thinking about a claim under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act -- may be another story. The CFAA is designed to prevent unauthorized access or malicious interference with a computer system. Often used as an employer-sword, to...