In today’s world, information is a business’s most valuable asset. Misappropriation of information is a type of theft commonly faced by businesses. The law defines theft as the taking of property that belongs to another, with no intention of giving it back. What makes misappropriation different from theft is the fact that no physical object is taken. Instead, the thief intentionally and illegally uses the intellectual property or information of another for his or her own gain. Misappropriation is also a common element in claims of unfair trade practices.
Misappropriation is more common than ever with the emergence of the Internet. Programmers may steal code, designers might take artwork, salespersons or ex-employees go after customer lists, and even business partners may steal intellectual property or financial data for their own use, rather than pay the business for its hard work.
When defecting employees take trade secrets, confidential or proprietary information to a competitor, the former employer may pursue a claim for violation of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) as well as for misappropriation of trade secrets. Although the CFAA is primarily a criminal statute, it also provides a civil remedy for the wrongful use of a computer, including accessing a computer without authority or exceeding authorized access and thereby obtaining information.
PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS
Frank Lamothe and his team of attorneys have had substantial success handling cases involving the misappropriation of proprietary information and trade secrets for major corporations and other companies. He has tried and won numerous multi-million dollar cases during his career in federal and state courts
throughout the country including Louisiana, Arizona, Florida and Mississippi.
Mr. Lamothe is highly recognized as a skilled business trial lawyer. He has received the top listing in the 2007-2014 editions of Louisiana Super Lawyers for business litigation, an honor limited to no more than 5 percent of all attorneys in the state, and was also given a select listing in the Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers 2010 for business litigation.
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Please contact Lamothe Law Firm at 504-704-1414
to speak with an experienced business litigation attorney
to discuss your misappropriation of proprietary information/trade secrets case.