Trade Secrets Laws and the UTSA – A 50 State and Federal Law Survey

Beck Reed Riden LLP is pleased to share its 50 State and Federal Survey of Trade Secrets Laws compared with the Uniform Trade Secrets Act. The chart is a state-by-state comparison of every state’s trade secrets laws (and the Economic Espionage Act, as amended by the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016) to the 1985 versio...
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MA Noncompete Agreement Reform Clears First Major Hurdle

On June 29, 2016, the Massachusetts legislature moved one step closer to reforming noncompete agreements. With 150 votes for the legislation, and no votes against, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed “An Act relative to the judicial enforcement of noncompetition agreements.” If this noncompete bill becomes...
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Judging iPhone Encryption: It’s Law Versus Technology in the Courtroom

  With the release of the iPhone 6, Apple built new security features into the iOS8 operating system, measures which law enforcement officials have complained will hinder criminal investigations. Once a user sets a passcode for a phone using the new operating system, all of the phone’s data – including texts, e-mail...
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Working Out Corporate Conflict

Starting a new business with an old friend is the path to the American Dream for many entrepreneurs. Two famous friends who did just that were Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, they met in college and worked together to start Hewlett-Packard, one of the most successful technology companies in the world. Legions of startups...
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50 State Noncompete Survey

Beck Reed Riden LLP is pleased to make available its updated 50 state (plus DC) survey chart of noncompete laws. The chart is a summary of employee noncompetition laws and applicable standards throughout the country. Recent articles in The Wall Street Journal feature Beck Reed Riden LLP's expertise in noncompete and tra...
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What Are Reasonable Attorneys’ Fees?

December 10, 2010
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Today's story in the Boston Globe provides a glimpse into the kinds of disputes that that can arise when a law firm's client believes its legal fees are too high. The story covers an arbitrator's finding that one of Boston's premier law firms overcharged a client by more than $540,000. The arbitrator reportedly faulted t...
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Video Games and the High Court: Summary of EMA’s Arguments in Supreme Court Case Schwarzenegger v. EMA

November 1, 2010
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On November 2, 2010, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the matter of Schwarzenegger v. EMA. This case is about a California law that bans the sale of certain violent video games to minors. This is an historic moment for video games – as this is the first time the Supreme Court has ruled on a statute directed to th...
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Starting Up A Video Game Company

October 19, 2010
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On Thursday, October 14, 2010, Stephen Riden joined a panel of speakers at PoweredUp Boston's 2010 Video Game Conference.  The "Life As A Startup -- Legal Do's & Don'ts" panel addressed a variety of issues affecting new and established video game companies, including formation issues, noncompete agreements, and prote...
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Nursing Breaks Required Under FLSA

The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new Fact Sheet setting out requirements for employers to provide reasonable breaks during the work day to nursing mothers who need to express their breast milk. The break time requirement for nursing mothers went into effect on March 23, 2010, with...
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Employers Cautioned On Unpaid Interns

Summer is upon us and high school and college students across the country are attempting to polish their resumes by taking unpaid internships with employers of all types. But “for-profit,” private-sector employers looking to provide students with a glimpse into the working world may find themselves at odds with the Fair...
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