California Court of Appeal, (Ret.)
First District, Division Two
Mediator • Arbitrator • Discovery Referee • Appellate Consultant
Resolved dispute seeking excess of $1,000,000 damages for misappropriation of trade secrets by former employees who had signed non-disclosure agreements before establishing a competing business using coating formulas and customer lists claimed to be proprietary.
Dispute involving enforcement of licensing of intellectual property (including proprietary software and marketing plan) resolved by an accounting.
Resolved several cases seeking permanent injunctive relief and damages against stock brokers who were alleged to have breached express and implied confidentiality agreements and fiduciary duties by leaving their firms for new employment using purloined trade secrets.
Disputes over IP, confidential information and documents taken or disclosed by employees leaving employment, including: a case involving wind turbine control software, a case involving ownership of documents removed from firm by terminated lawyer and several cases involving customer lists.
Breach of contract in a leveraged lease of oil field testing equipment and software. Lessee asserted fraud and violations of securities regulations and claimed software was buggy while lessor claimed the $1 million value of the equipment was reduced by market surplus.