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|Federal Court Reminds Trade Secret Owners That the Statute of Limitations Isn't Everything When it Comes to Misappropriation Claims|
Jason P. Britt; Foley & Lardner LLP;
June 6, 2014, previously published on June 2, 2014Several years after an employee leaves your company, you realize that he or she has been using confidential and proprietary information acquired from your business to compete against you. Your non-compete agreement with the employee had expired before the employee started using the information, and...
|Third DCA: Applying Daubert Under Florida Law in Perez v. Bell South Telecommunications, Inc.|
Armando G. Hernandez; Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Professional Association;
June 3, 2014, previously published on May 15, 2014The Third District Court of Appeal of Florida recently issued an opinion in Perez v. Bell So. Telecomm., No. 3D11-445, 2014 WL 1613654 (Fla. 3d DCA Apr. 23, 2014),which represents the Third District’s first pronouncement applying Daubert under Florida law since the legislative amendment took...
|Suppliers Positive, Again, per OESA Survey|
Jeffrey A. Soble; Foley & Lardner LLP;
May 30, 2014, previously published on May 22, 2014OESA recently released its Automotive Supplier Barometer for May 2014, Focus on Production, Technology, Globalization. Suppliers continue to hum along in their positive attitudes, sending OESA’s May Supplier Sentiment Index (SSI) to 59, a light increase from that of 56 in March 2014. In fact,...
|"Excusable Neglect" is a Real Standard Requiring Real Evidence|
Bryan E. Mouber; Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, L.L.C.;
May 30, 2014, previously published on May 12, 2014In Garcia v. Ball, Plaintiff Garcia obtained a $522,400 default judgment against Defendant Ball. Plaintiff filed his petition for damages in excess of $75,000 on May 5, 2011 and served defendant on May 17. On July 7, plaintiff sent notice that in the event of default, plaintiff would seek judgment...
|Gaps in New DOD Counterfeit Parts Rules Raise Compliance Questions for Contractors|
Frank S. Murray; Foley & Lardner LLP;
May 22, 2014, previously published on May 19, 2014The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) published, on May 6, 2014, its first set of final regulations imposing specific obligations on defense contractors and their suppliers for the detection and avoidance of counterfeit electronic parts. Those new rules represent an improvement over DOD’s...
|NHTSA and GM Agree to Resolve Timeliness Claims Related to Ignition Switch Recall|
Christopher H. Grigorian; Foley & Lardner LLP;
May 22, 2014, previously published on May 20, 2014Last week, NHTSA and GM announced an agreement to resolve recall timeliness claims related to GM’s massive Ignition Switch recall. In addition to the widely-reported $35 million civil penalty GM has agreed to pay (the maximum under the Safety Act), GM has agreed to various behavioral changes,...
|Wireless Technologies to Be Mandated by NHTSA|
Jason P. Britt; Foley & Lardner LLP;
May 22, 2014, previously published on May 8, 2014Recent months have seen major developments in the march toward truly autonomous cars. Google has announced that it has logged almost 700,000 miles of autonomous driving, and that it has been driving many of those miles in urban environments, testing the ability of its software to detect and account...
|The Importance of Preserving ECM Data Records|
Jeffrey H. Rasansky; Rasansky Law Firm;
May 21, 2014ECM data recorders are now often a standard feature on many vehicles in operation for commercial purposes. When an accident involving an 18-wheeler occurs, it may be necessary for the injured party or his or her family to file a lawsuit. In the event of a lawsuit, the information contained on the...
|Hands-Free Calling ... Is It Really Safer? Considerations for Employers|
Matthew J. Riopelle; Foley & Lardner LLP;
May 16, 2014, previously published on May 15, 2014As today’s vehicles become more integrated with cell phones, employers should consider adopting policies regarding employee’s use of personal and work issued cell phones. Many states have adopted laws prohibiting texting or the use of hand-held cell phones, but hands-free calling,...
|Hogs, Choppers and Bobbers - Summer Motorcycle Travel Tips|
Kevin R. Dean; Motley Rice;
May 14, 2014, previously published on May 6, 2014Let’s be honest, it’s been a long winter for many parts of the country. With summer right around the corner, many of us are gearing up to travel; whether it’s an hour ride up the road to a local festival or across the country to a new destination. Myrtle Beach Bike Week is one of...